Are The Range and Dunelm closing in second lockdown?

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Many Brits used the first lockdown to do-up their homes and get organised. DIY stores were considered essential in the last national lockdown, but furnishing stores weren’t. Are The Range and Dunelm closing in the second lockdown?

Lockdown number two starts in England on Thursday, November 5, and Brits are rushing out to stores that aren’t considered essential.

The news was announced on Saturday, October 31, giving Brits a full four days to prepare for the four weeks of lockdown.

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The rules include staying at home and only going out for specific purposes, along with closing non-essential businesses.

So what shops will be staying open and are The Range and Dunelm closing in the second lockdown?

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Are The Range and Dunelm closing: Non-essential stores are closing from Thursday (Image: Getty)

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Are The Range and Dunelm closing: DIY stores stayed open in the last lockdown, but furniture stores didn’t (Image: Getty)

From Thursday until December 2, UK residents may only leave their homes for specific reasons.

You can go to work or school, to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place, or to medical appointments.

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Of course, you can go shopping for basic necessities, for example, food and medicine, but this should be done as infrequently as possible.

On top of this, non-essential shops will be closed.

The rules state that all non-essential retail, including, but not limited to clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops will need to close.

Essential retail includes things like supermarkets, garden centres, and other retailers providing essential goods.

The business allowed to stay open must also follow the coronavirus guidelines and make premises covid-secure.

The Government hasn’t published a list of businesses that are deemed essential.

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Are The Range and Dunelm closing in the second lockdown?

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The regulations on which retail will be allowed to stay open will be decided in Parliament on Wednesday, the day before lockdown.

It isn’t yet known which types of stores are deemed essential, but it is predicted that Dunelm will close.

Dunelm is a homeware and soft furnishings store, and was closed during the first lockdown.

The stores in Wales are closed throughout the firebreak, and it’s likely the same will happen with the stores in England.

Express.co.uk has contacted Dunelm to find out if stores will be closing from Thursday.

The Range was allowed to remain open during the last lockdown and will stay open this time too.

The company said: “On Government advice we remained open during the last lockdown and will continue to remain open for your convenience.

“To give you time to shop this week we have extended the vast majority of our stores opening hours in England and Scotland until 10pm, please see our website for your local store details.”

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The company has also confirmed it is “following all government guidelines to ensure you, our staff and customers have a safe experience whilst shopping with us.”


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