DIY in lockdown: opening times, social distancing measures & more for Argos, B&Q, Homebase, Screwfix and Wickes


Updated on 06 January 2021 | 0 Comments

DIY stores are allowed to remain open during the new national lockdown but opening times may have changed, and shopping restrictions will be in place. Here's what you need to know.

The UK’s latest national lockdown looks set to last until the end of March (at the time of writing) although essential retailers, including supermarkets, banks and DIY stores, have been allowed to stay open.

But before you head out to grab some supplies for your next project, it’s worth checking what restrictions will be in place and whether opening times have changed.

In this article, we’ll reveal what you need to know, so you can get hold of what you need from Argos, B&Q, Homebase, Screwfix or Wickes.

We’ll also cover what you can expect and whether each retailer has any advice for its customers.

Before we jump in, it’s worth stressing you must wear a face mask at any of these retailers (unless you’re exempt) or face being fined, and follow social distancing rules.

Argos opening times

While Argos is not a DIY specialist, people can buy a range of tools and equipment from the retailer.

You can only collect pre-paid online orders from standalone Argos stores or Argos stores within a Sainsbury’s supermarket – you can’t purchase items in-store.

Any collections from standalone stores will be passed to customers at the door, while returns can be taken to an Argos store within a Sainsbury’s supermarket during an essential food shop.

You can use the store locator tool to find your nearest Argos Click & Collect point – don’t forget to check if opening times have changed and to pay online first.

Social distancing measures

Argos recommends ordering products for home delivery or paying for your order online before collection –  you can pick up any items during your essential food shop at Sainsbury’s.

Sainsbury’s is encouraging one person per household to shop in-store and has queuing measures in place. Customers are recommended to keep a two-metre distance at all times.

You can check out the full list of shopping restrictions for all the main supermarkets here

B&Q store. (Image: pxl.store/Shutterstock)

B&Q opening times

B&Q, which has nearly 300 stores across the UK, will keep its branches open until 8pm Monday to Saturday and until 4pm on Sundays.

You can use the store locator to find the opening hours for your local.

Click & Collect and home delivery services are still available, as well as online appointments for kitchen, bathroom and bedroom planning.

B&Q recommends that you know what you’re looking for before visiting, so staff can direct you to the right place.

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Social distancing measures

If you shop at B&Q, which has two-metre floor markers in store to ensure customers maintain a safe distance, it’s recommended that you pay by card or contactless.

“When shopping in our stores, we continue to ask all our customers to shop responsibly and follow the local Government’s social distancing guidelines,” said a B&Q spokesperson.

“Customers are also able to place orders online for Click and Collect, as well as home delivery, and book an online kitchen, bathroom and bedroom planning appointment."

Homebase store. (Image: Malcolm T Walls Photo's/Shutterstock)

Homebase opening times

All of Homebase’s stores remain open from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays. You can use the store locator to check the opening hours for your local as these could change at short notice.

Customers are encouraged to visit the Homebase website before going in store, while standalone bath stores and showrooms are closed.

You can use Click & Collect and well as home delivery, but Homebase warns collecting items may take longer due to demand.

The DIY retailer may also restrict Click & Collect for individual stores to keep staff and customers safe, and recommends people visit in the morning when it’s usually quieter.

Social distancing measures

Similar to its rivals, Homebase has markers to help maintain social distancing and encourages customers to pay by card or contactless if possible.

Screwfix store. (Image: jax10289/Shutterstock)

Screwfix opening times

Screwfix has 700 stores in the UK and nearly all of them are open from 7am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 7am to 6pm on Saturdays and 9am to 4pm on Sundays.

Only four stores have reduced opening hours – you can find out which stores are affected here.

Screwfix recommends using Click & Collect or home delivery, but it warns it is experiencing delays with delivery times. If you use Click & Collect, you should only travel to the store once you’ve been notified that your item is ready to collect.

If you can’t order your items online, you can place an order in store, but Screwfix asks that you have your order list ready before visiting, so a member of staff can quickly assist you.

Social distancing measures

Screwfix says it has social distancing measures in place, including a one-way system, protection screens at checkouts and limiting the number of customers allowed in store. 

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Wickes stores. (Image: Gary Perkin/Shutterstock)

Wickes opening times

There are over 230 Wickes stores in the UK, which will all remain open. It’s best to check the store finder for the latest opening times.

Similar to its rivals, both Click & Collect and home delivery is available at Wickes, but it’s recommended you wait for confirmation before going in store to collect your items.

While Click & Collect orders are usually ready to collect within one working hour, Wickes warns it may occasionally take longer than this.

Wickes says all kitchen and bathroom showrooms remain open with virtual appointments available.

Social distancing measures

Wickes says it will limit the number of customers in-store to a maximum of 30, so you may need to queue.

It also aims to keep people at least two metres apart with clear signage and floor markers and encourages contactless card payments.

When you’ve finished shopping, you should use the floor markers to go to the till, and if you’re buying a large product, you should bring a member of your household with you to help carry it.

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