Engeland is in 'complete lock-down'. Maar de bouwmarkten en ijzerwarenzaken zijn daar blijkbaar betiteld als winkels met eerste levensbehoeften. Toch sluiten Wickes en B&Q vandaag hun deuren.

De twee grootste bouwmarktketens van de UK sloten vandaag de deuren om zich te beraden op de manier waarop ze hun klanten het veiligst verder kunnen helpen tijdens de complete lock-down van het land.

Kingfisher-dochter B&Q zegt het als volgt: "We are working out the safest and simplest way to support communities in providing only essential products moving forwards. Our stores, as we prepare, will be closed Tuesday 24th March."

Wickes' statement luidt als volgt: "The safety of our customers, colleagues and the communities we serve is paramount. We are making decisions daily to ensure we protect everyone during this period. Given yesterday’s announcement from the Prime Minister our business has been deemed essential through the category of hardware. While we work out the best operation to support customers in these unprecedented times, we have taken the decision to close all our stores for 24 hours as we clarify next steps, before we move forward. If you are expecting a delivery today (24th March) or are looking to Click & Collect from stores, our team will be in touch to rearrange your order; we apologise for any inconvenience caused and do hope you understand this disruption as we seek to fulfil essential services for all, whilst keeping wellbeing front of mind."