Where are garden centres open in the UK UPDATED

Following the latest Coronavirus restrictions on movement, garden centres remain open, with restrictions, everywhere but in Wales and Northern Ireland.  The DIY stores are open across the UK.

DIY.com says that as an essential retailer B&Q stores in areas where there is a local lockdown will remain open with comprehensive controls and strict social distancing measures.  Homebase and Wickes stores are also trading everywhere.

Subject to further government clarification today, garden centres are currently classified as essential retailers in England and Scotland but not in Wales or Northern Ireland.

Garden centres In England

Garden centres may open in all 4 tiers but soft play areas are closed.  Restaurants are closed in areas of the country in Covid-19 tiers 3 & 4.

A joint statement from the HTA and GCA following the Prime Minister’s introduction of a tier 4 in Greater London and many of the Home Counties, says, “It is being reported that the criteria will be based on the November lockdown status so on that basis garden centres are able to continue to trade.” Further details are expected on Monday.

In Scotland

Garden centres may open in all 5 tiers (0-4) but soft play areas are closed.  Restaurants are closed in areas designated tier 4.

In Wales

Garden centres are closed.

Dobbies which has stores in all 4 countries of the UK is keeping its store in Wales open.   The company explains, “In line with current Welsh Government guidelines, the essential shopping sections of the Swansea store remain open. This includes the foodhall, cookshop, pet and aquatic supplies.

Cardiff Garden Centre, part of The Blue Diamond Group is now closed until further notice.

The HTA is seeking an urgent meeting with the Health Minister in Wales to get garden centres opened at the earliest opportunity.

Northern Ireland

Contrary to earlier expectations that garden centres in Northern Ireland would be allowed to trade through the lockdown.  It has now been confirmed that they have not been classified as essential retailers and so must close from Boxing Day.

The HTA is asking for an urgent meeting with NI ministers to classify garden centres as ‘essential retail’ with a view to getting garden centres open as soon as possible.  

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