WILKO stores will remain open during the second coronavirus lockdown in England – here's what you need to know.
Shops are allowed to remain open to customers because they sell important household goods including toilet roll, cleaning products and medicines.
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Wilko told The Sun that all 416 of its stores across the UK are currently open – and there are no plans to shut any branches in England when the nation goes into a four-week lockdown, starting tomorrow (November 5).
But shoppers should note that the latest government advice states you should only visit a shop if you're picking up essentials, such as food and medicines.
You should also think twice about buying anything that isn't critical if you're struggling financially due to coronavirus.
Which businesses WILL be staying open through lockdown?
THE following businesses are allowed to stay open during the second coronavirus lockdown in England:
- Food retailers
- Convenience stores and corner shops
- Off licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol including breweries
- Pharmacies and chemists
- Hardware stores
- Building merchants and building services
- Petrol stations
- Car repair and MOT services
- Bicycle shops
- Taxi or vehicle hire businesses
- Building societies
- Credit unions
- Short term loan providers
- Savings clubs
- Cash points
- Currency exchanges
- Post offices
- Funeral directors
- Launderettes and dry cleaners
- Dental services
- Hearing services
- Mental health services
- Veterinary surgeons and pet shops
- Agricultural supplies shop
- Storage and distribution facilities
- Car parks
- Public toilets
- Garden centres
What time are Wilko shops open?
Wilko opening times vary across the UK so you'll need to use its online store finder to see when your nearest shop is open.
The retailer confirmed to The Sun that stores will continue to operate under their usual opening hours, instead of reduced hours like it did during the first lockdown.
Currently, some shops close as late as 8pm, Monday to Friday, and this is set to remain the case during the second lockdown.
During the first lockdown, Wilko reduced its opening hours to 5pm in some stores so staff could have more time to replenish stock.
Sunday closing times will also remain the same.
All Wilko stores have also temporarily removed their pick and mix sweet stands.
The retailer hasn't said when it expects to bring them back into shops.
Wilko is still accepting cash payments but asks customers to use cards, preferably contactless, when possible.
It's also set up some card-only tills to limit the number of cash transactions.
Can I still order from Wilko online?
Yes, Wilko's website is still up and running meaning shoppers can still order products for home delivery or click and collect.
Wilko charges £5 for standard delivery if you spend under £30. Orders over this amount are free.
The retailer has temporarily suspended its click and collect service, which costs £2.
There's been no word from Wilko on when it expects to bring this service back.
Jerome Saint-Marc, Wilko CEO, said: “Not everyone has a large supermarket nearby to get the non-food essentials they need for their family.
“I’d like to express my sincere thanks to our loyal and hard-working team members who are continuing to do their very best to make sure families across the UK have access to the household essentials they need despite the difficult circumstances of the second lockdown.”
We've rounded up a full list of businesses that can open or must close during lockdown.
Will off-licenses close during lockdown and are there any restrictions on buying alcohol?
Gyms and other fitness centres will close, even though they were the last to reopen after the previous lockdown lifted.
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