With major retailers such as B&Q and Homebase reopening some stores, homeowners now have greater access to DIY materials than they have had since lockdown began. But Government restrictions limit purchases from these stores to those needed for essential DIY, it can be a little unclear as to what constitutes an ‘essential’ DIY task.
The government announced in March that DIY and hardware stores were classed as “essential retailers” during lockdown, yet some retailers including Selco and Huws Gray suspended trading with immediate effect. Meanwhile, Jewson and Travis Perkins were among the builders’ merchants that began offering only essential services (defined as infrastructure and services helping to combat the Covid-19 pandemic).
Now that B&Q, Wickes, Homebase and Selco have reopened their stores in some capacity, consumers can, in certain instances, enter stores again – here’s the important caveat, however – providing it is for essential materials.
What the Guidelines Say
The Government subsequently sought to clarify that the essential designation relates to the type of retailer that can be open and does not specify what products can and can’t be sold.
On 16 April, the National