In a first step towards getting back to normal following the government’s Covid-19 lockdown, from April 30 Wickes has reopened six of its stores: Pudsey, Cheltenham, Preston, Sevenoaks, Cricklewood and Hailsham are now open to the public.
In addition to the new social distancing measures, these stores will operate shorter opening hours on Monday to Saturday, opening at 7am and closing at 6pm. Sunday reverts to the trading hours of 10am to 4pm.
Initiatives that have been successfully deployed by other essential retailers are being introduced to ensure Wickes’ customers can shop safely and their staff remain protected. Each of the stores will limit the number of customers in the shop at any one time, while clear signage and floor markers will advise customers to keep two metres apart. Additionally, each shop has installed Perspex screens at the tills and service stations and colleagues on the shop floor will be using PPE. Sanitising stations have been installed for customer use and the stores will only accept card and contactless payments.
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