B&Q stores remain closed with customers now only allowed to order online.
It comes after Boris Johnson warned on Monday that all "non-essential" shops are to shut.
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Hardware stores count as essential but B&Q says it will instead offer its service online only.
As of Tuesday March 24, stores are no longer open for browsing or purchasing and shoppers instead have to order essentials from B&Q's website DIY.com.
Orders can be delivered directly to your home or you can click and collect from your local store where items will be brought to your car to minimise contact with staff in stores.
If you order via click and collect you will, however, be limited to buying essential products for the repair and maintenance of your home.
Which brands are shutting up shop
HERE is the list of all the retailers that have said they are closing their doors due to coronavirus
- Boden – closing all stores
- Burton – closing all stores
- Calvin Klein – closing all stores
- Clarks – closing all stores
- Costa – closing all stores but will try to keep shops in hospitals open
- Dorothy Perkins – closing all stores
- Evans – closing all stores
- Fenwick – closing all stores
- H&M – closing all stores
- HMV – closing all stores
- IKEA – closing all stores
- John Lewis – closing all stores
- McDonald's – closing all stores
- Miss Selfridge – closing all stores
- Nando's – closing all stores
- Oxfam – closing all stores
- Patisserie Valerie – closing all stores
- Starbucks – closing all stores
- Sweaty Betty – closing all stores
- Timpson – closing all stores
- TK Maxx – closing all stores
- Topshop – closing all stores
- Wallis – closing all stores
A fuller product range will only be available for home delivery.
On March 26, Graham Bell, B&Q's chief executive said: "Over the last 48 hours we have been working hard to create a service that focuses on providing essential products for repair and maintenance of the home.
"This means we can keep supplies open and give our customers the best possible service to ensure their homes are safe, warm and in working order.
"We urge customers to follow all the government’s social distancing guidelines and to shop responsibly for essential needs only.
"The safety of our customers and colleagues remains our top priority."
Until Tuesday March 24, the chain of home improvement shops was still open but with reduced hours of 8am to 5pm (previously 7am to 9pm in most shops) from Monday to Saturday.
On Sunday the shops had been open as normal from 11am to 5pm.
The number of customers allowed into shops had also been restricted because of the coronavirus outbreak.
At its 296 physical shops, B&Q said communication around respecting space had been increased to help customers to be more aware of how to keep their distance from other shoppers during the ongoing pandemic.
So called "safe-space" markings had been introduced at the checkouts.
But now all stores will remain closed for the foreseeable future.
It comes after B&Q workers expressed anger over being forced to "risk their health so customers can buy garden furniture".
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John Lewis said it was shutting all of its 50 shops.
While Ikea also shut its UK shops because of the virus outbreak.
And McDonald's closed all 1,350 stores in the UK and Ireland due to the spread of Covid-19.
Costa has also closed branches but will "do its best" to keep stores open in hospitals for NHS staff.
The food chain Nando's is also shutting its restaurants.
Cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants were told to close by the end of the day on Friday (March 20) by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
But they are still allowed to serve takeaways.
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