BOOTS stores remain open during the second lockdown in England to allow people to access medicines and essentials.
Boots Opticians and Boots Hearingcare are also open for business, and customers are able to book appointments as usual.
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It comes as “non-essential” retailers, such as shops selling clothes and electricals, have been forced to shut until December 2.
The opening times of Boots stores vary between locations and the pharmacy chain warns that they can change with short notice too.
To find out the opening times of your local Boots shop, simply use its store locator tool.
Boots has roughly 2,400 shops across the UK.
In April, the retailer temporarily closed 60 stores that had taken a hit due to coronavirus and a lack of footfall.
Boots has confirmed that 13 of these still remain shut, including seven at Heathrow Airport, two at Gatwick Airport, two at Manchester Airport as well as one at Liverpool and Birmingham Airport each.
Can I shop online at Boots?
Yes, you can still order items from the Boots website to have delivered to your doorstep.
Home delivery is free when you spend £30 or more, or if you spend less, you’ll have to pay £3.50 for the trouble.
The pharmacy chain usually offers a click and collect service too, but it’s temporarily suspended this due to the pandemic.
When it’s available, ordering items and collecting in store costs £1.50, unless you spend more than £20 when it is free.
If you use Boots’ Online Repeat Prescription Service, you can still choose to collect from store or have it delivered to your home.
Which businesses WILL be staying open through lockdown
THE following businesses are allowed to stay open during the second coronavirus lockdown in England:
- Food retailers
- Convenience stores and corner shops
- Off licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol including breweries
- Pharmacies and chemists
- Hardware stores
- Building merchants and building services
- Petrol stations
- Car repair and MOT services
- Bicycle shops
- Taxi or vehicle hire businesses
- Building societies
- Credit unions
- Short term loan providers
- Savings clubs
- Cash points
- Currency exchanges
- Post offices
- Funeral directors
- Launderettes and dry cleaners
- Dental services
- Hearing services
- Mental health services
- Veterinary surgeons and pet shops
- Agricultural supplies shop
- Storage and distribution facilities
- Car parks
- Public toilets
- Garden centres
What are the shopping rules for Boots?
To help maintain social distancing, Boots is limiting the number of people allowed in store at any one time.
In line with government guidelines, all customers and store colleagues now also have to wear a face coverings or PPE when in store.
Shoppers are also being advised to stay two metres apart, and to follow the floor markings and one-way systems in store.
Plus, Boots is encouraging customers to avoid cash and use contactless payment options where possible.
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