DIY and decoration stores open. While decoration stores and some DIY stores and garden centers have been closed for several weeks, their reopening is finally possible, but under what conditions? Does this apply to all stores? What is the planned protocol? Here's what you need to know.
[Updated on 05/19/2021 at 9:29 a.m.] France is losing its confines. Since May 19, businesses considered non-essential, which have been closed for several weeks, including decoration stores such as Ikea, Alinéa or Maisons du Monde, but also certain DIY stores or certain garden centers with an area greater than 10,000 m², can welcome customers again, provided that the strict health protocol provided by the government is put in place. This reopening of businesses deemed non-essential is of course dependent on the health situation and additional measures may be applied if the incidence rate exceeds 400 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. Which stores are reopening? Are there any restrictions? What protocol must brands follow? Here's what to remember.
This Wednesday, May 19, all DIY brands, but also decoration can again welcome customers provided they comply with the health protocol put in place by the government. What are the new rules from May 19, 2021?
While some DIY stores had to close their doors on Saturday April 3, 2021 due to the 3rd confinement (those with an area greater than 10,000m²), they can welcome customers again, and reopen all their departments (the stores still opened during confinement had to close the decoration departments deemed non-essential) from Wednesday, May 19 for their reopening, the date when all businesses can reopen if they respect a strict health protocol. Limited gauge, distancing, hydro alcoholic gel, regular cleaning of common areas and privileged contactless payment have become the new standards to be respected in these brands. Here is a list of the main DIY brands affected by the health protocol:
A solution if you prefer to avoid going to the store is to order online to have it delivered directly to your home or your construction site. Most major DIY stores offer all the materials needed to do your work online. To do this, nothing could be simpler, go to your favorite store's website and do your shopping online (many products are eligible for home delivery, but check the stock anyway because some products are not available immediately) . Once your order is ready, it will be sent to you. You will then receive a confirmation email with the follow-up of your order pending delivery on D-Day. Which DIY store delivers to your home?
Unlike DIY stores, decoration brands are considered non-essential and had to close their doors in early April 2021 (or had already closed in the 19 departments already confined before). Some brands had organized themselves to offer click services
Here is the essential information to remember for your favorite decoration stores.
The do-it-yourself departments remained open during confinement, but you could no longer access the decoration departments of large surfaces which were considered non-essential. These shelves can finally reopen on May 19.
Are you passionate about gardening and flowers? As with DIY stores, garden centers are considered essential businesses and were lucky enough to be able to remain open during confinement. Nothing changes, so you can easily go to Jardiland, Truffaut, Botanic, Gamme Vert, etc. The same health protocol as in other businesses is in place. Always check the opening hours of your nearest store.