The Government has added further guidance on the closure of non-essential businesses to include showrooms open to the public for products used in homes, including bathrooms, kitchens and glazing.

The updated guidance does not affect construction sites, manufacturers, storage & distribution facilities or builders merchants without showrooms.

We are fully aware that changing guidance midway through a lockdown, particularly after clarification was sought on this specific issue, is not helpful and have specifically requested that this does not happen in future.

The full guidance is here and key points from the guidance which may be useful are:

  • It is for each business to assess whether they are a business required to close having considered the guidance and Regulations.
  • Hardware stores and builders merchants (such as tools, timber, paint, plumbing and glass) can remain open. Where these stores contain showrooms in distinct sections, the showroom area should be closed to the public.
  • Showrooms for products used in homes, including bathrooms, kitchens and glazing should be closed to the public.
  • All businesses may continue to offer delivery and click and collect services (where items are pre-ordered and collected without entering the premises). People can also leave home to collect or return orders from these businesses.
  • Premises are not closed to staff or other authorised personnel needed to maintain them, secure them, or to prepare them to reopen.
  • Tradespersons who need to visit other people’s homes for their work can continue to do so and should follow the safer working guidance.

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