Shoppers flocked to B&Q this morning to prepare for a long weekend of lockdown DIY.
Long queues were pictured outside the megastore in Shirley, Birmingham.
The DIY chain has now reopened all of its stores with new social distancing measures in place including perplex screens, and signage in store, reports Birmingham Live
Hardware stores are among retailers listed by the Government as essential stores, which could remain open through the lockdown.
However the retailer shut its doors when the lockdown restrictions were announced in March.
Some shoppers in the queue were pictured wearing masks but the majority of those queuing just stuck to do standard two metres apart.
Markers have also been set up in on-brand orange buckets outside the shop to
instruct customers where to stand and there’s a limit of how many can enter the store at one given time.
Graham Bell, chief executive officer of B&Q, said: “Our highest priority is to keep our colleagues safe at work and our customers safe while shopping.
“In all our stores, we have strict social distancing measures in place.
“Customers are adhering to these, helping us to offer a shopping environment that is safe for everyone, while we help them to look after their homes and gardens, as well as their wellbeing.
“Whether shopping in our stores or online, we continue to ask all our customers to follow the Government’s social distancing guidelines and to shop responsibly only when they need to.”
Stores will be open between 8am and 5pm and cashiers will only be accepting card and contactless payments to minimise the risk of coronavirus transmission.
Services such as kitchen and bathroom design, paint mixing, timber cutting and key cutting have also been suspended.