HOME Bargains shoppers are still be able to buy food and essentials from the discount store during lockdown.
The coronavirus shutdown has forced non-essential shops to close, but Home Bargains is allowed to remain open as it sells essentials such as food and toilet roll.
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Home Bargains stores will remain open as usual during England’s third national lockdownCredit: Alamy
On January 4, Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered Brits to stay at home, while schools have shut until the February half term.
The closures will leave many of us relying on online retailers to get our hands on products, such as clothes, electricals and furniture.
Meanwhile, essential shops such as supermarkets are allowed to stay open.
Which businesses can remain open in lockdown?
THE government has published the below list of businesses that can stay open, which is largely similar to Tier 4.
- Garden centres
- Building merchants and suppliers of building products
- Market stalls selling essential retail
- Businesses providing repair services but only if they primarily offer repair services
- Petrol stations
- Automatic (but not manual) car washes
- Vehicle repair and MOT services
- Bicycle shops
- Taxi and vehicle hire businesses
- Banks and building societies
- Post offices
- Short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses
- Funeral directors
- Laundrettes and dry cleaners
- Medical and dental services
- Vets and pet shops
- Animal rescue centres, boarding facilities, and animal groomers
- Agricultural supplies shops
- Mobility and disability support shops
- Storage and distribution facilities
- Car parks
- Public toilets
- Motorway service areas
- Outdoor playgrounds
- Outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise
- Places of worship
- Crematoriums and burial grounds
The retailer has remained open to shoppers throughout the pandemic and the two previous lockdowns – and has confirmed it’s open as usual now too.
The Sun has asked Home Bargains whether any stores are currently shut, and we’ll update this article once we hear back.
What time is Home Bargains open?
Home Bargains are typically open 8am to 8pm every day, but opening times can vary so make sure you double-check this in advance.
The retailer has 500 shops across the UK. Customers can find their nearest store by checking its online store finder tool.
Home Bargains is prioritising the first opening hour for vulnerable and elderly customers, so keep this in mind before heading down.
This is happening every day until further notice.
What safety measures are in place?
To keep customers and workers staff, Home Bargains has introduced a string of safety measures including plastic screens at tills.
It’s also limiting the number of customers permitted into each store at any one time.
If a store reaches its limit, a staff member will ask you to queue outside until there’s space.
Home Bargains is also urging customers to shop alone wherever possible and to pay by card, although cash payments are still accepted.
It’s also rolled out sanitising stations to all stores to allow you to sanitise your hands and the handles of your baskets and trolleys.
Can I order from Home Bargains online?
Yes, products are available to order from the Home Bargains website for home delivery as normal.
Home Bargains charges £3.49 to deliver small items or £7.99 for large products.
If you spend more than £50, you’ll get the items delivered for free.
The retailer has temporarily removed its click and collect service, and it’s not clear when it’ll return.
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Wondering which shops and businesses can stay open during the lockdown? Check out the full list.
The tighter restrictions come as the spread of the new strain of COVID-19 has led to “rapidly escalating case numbers across the country”.