If you were in need of even the smallest dose of good news this week, then this is it. Confirming their position in the upcoming nationwide lockdown, a number of popular home improvement and general convenience stores have announced that they’ll be staying open during lockdown – with the UK government deeming them “essential stores”. And thank the lord that B&M’s on there, because I honestly do not know what I would do without all the cheap sweet treats for the next four weeks of being locked inside our white four walls.
Announcing the news to customers across various platforms – a number of stores are now confimed to be remaining open, with popular stores such as B&M and Wilkos on the list. Here’s the one’s we’ve spotted so far (outside of supermarkets):
- The Range
- Home Bargains
- Pets at Home
All non-essential retail stores will be required to close (other than for click and collect orders), which includes clothing stores, electronic stores, travel agents, betting shops and vape shops. Food shops and supermarkets (including local newsagents), garden centres, pharmacies and a number of other retailers stocking “essential” items will be permitted to remain open.
Announcing the new lockdown measures just last Saturday (November 31), England will face stricter measures similar to those implemented back in March – with the restrictions lasting from November 5 to December 2. Similarly to the beginning of the pandemic, the general public is required to ‘stay home’ and only leave the house unless absolutely necessary – for example, for exercise, work (if you cannot work from home) or essential goods.
In other trending news, Aldi has released the UK’s first pink Prosecco – and it sounds amazing.