The Government has added further guidance on the closure of non‐essential businesses. The list now includes showrooms for products used in homes, including bathrooms, kitchens and glazing, which should be closed to the public, including where they are located as distinct sections within hardware stores and builders’ merchants. Delivery and click and collect services may continue to be offered. Each business should assess whether they are required to close having considered the regulations as well as the guidance, and Build UK has made the point that changing guidance midway through a lockdown is unhelpful and will have a major impact on businesses and their supply chains.

The updated guidance does not affect construction sites, manufacturers, storage and distribution facilities, or builders’ merchants without showrooms. Tradespeople may also continue to work in people’s homes following the the Safer Working guidance.

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