Screwfix is closing stores early on Wednesdays to give staff time off

SCREWFIX is now closing its stores early on Wednesdays to give staff time off.

The retailer is open only for shoppers to pick up "essential" click and collect orders during the coronavirus crisis, meaning you can't browse in stores.

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Hardware stores have been deemed “essential shops” as they provide materials and equipment that help keep homes warm, safe and with power.

But in a welcome break for staff, Screwfix is now closing stores an hour early every Wednesday to let their teams "focus on their own wellness".

This applies to all stores until Screwfix is trading normally again, the retailer wrote on Twitter yesterday.

Most shops will open under reduced hours – from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, except for on Wednesdays, when they now close at 4pm.


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The retailer's stores are also open 9am to 4pm on Sundays.

Screwfix has been forced to reduce opening hours and temporarily close some stores due to falling staffing levels.

You can check the Screwfix website to find out which stores this applies to.

It's urging customers to only travel to the store if you have received an SMS to let you know that your item is ready to collect.

The retailer is still also offering a home delivery option, but it warns that orders could be delayed.

The Sun has asked Screwfix how many workers it has and whether they'll still be paid for the last hour on Wednesdays, but we haven't heard back yet.

We've rounded up the opening times of B&Q, Wickes and Homebase stores.

A number of supermarkets have also adjusted opening hours due to the pandemic – here's all you need to know.

Banks are also considered to provide an essential service, meaning they're still open.

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