Builders' Merchants to Remain Open During Lockdown 3

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Builders’ merchants will remain open during the third national lockdown in England, the government has confirmed, and it is understood that there are no restrictions on essential DIY products.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Monday night that a third lockdown will last until mid-February, amid a sharp rise in coronavirus cases due to a more contagious new variant. 

Builders’ merchants and suppliers of building products can remain open because they are classed as essential retailers, but unlike the first lockdown last year, there will be no restrictions on essential DIY purchases. Garden centres have also been classed as an essential retailer. 

Construction sites, including building work on self build and renovation sites, can also continue to operate, and tradespeople can still work in other people’s homes. 

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However, KBB (kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms) showrooms will have to close.

TrustMark has produced a guide called Work Safe, Safe Work to help homeowners and tradespeople stay safe during lockdown.  

The government has published guidance of the new rules in its National Lockdown Guidance document. Additional guidance will be issued for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales in due course. 

Builders’ Merchants: Tips Before You Travel

Builders’ merchants are advising customers to visit their websites in the first instance before making any trips to stores.

Merchants will still be operating home delivery and Click & Collect services, so customers can continue to place orders online. 

However, if you plan to visit the store to browse products then it is recommended to ring your local store in advance to see whether the products you’re interested in are available. 

Jack Woodfield
News Editor

Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and is the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating, a role he has had since 2019. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.