HOMEWARE retailer The Range remains open during the second coronavirus lockdown in England as it sells "essential" goods such as groceries, pet care products and toiletries.

The retailer, which has 284 stores across the UK, also offers click and collect and home delivery.

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Under the latest government guidelines, only key retailers such as supermarkets, pharmacists, pet shops, hardware stores and newsagents are allowed to remain open.

Meanwhile, stores selling non-essential items, such as clothing, electronics and other premises such as libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, closed on November 5.

What are The Range's opening times?

The opening times of The Range stores vary depending on where you're based in the UK.

During the first lockdown, the retailer slightly reduced its opening hours, with shops open from 9am until 6pm Monday to Saturday.

Most of its stores had previously been open from 9am until 8pm.

Currently, the majority of its stores are open from 9am until 8pm or 9pm Monday to Saturday, and between 10.30am until 4.30pm on Sundays.

To avoid disappointment, check the opening times of your local store by using its shop locator tool before you head over.

Businesses that can stay OPEN during England’s second lockdown

THE list of businesses that are allowed to stay open during lockdown is largely the same as last time. These include:

  • Supermarkets
  • Pharmacies
  • Takeaways, food deliveries and food shops
  • Health shops
  • Medical services, such as dentists
  • Vets
  • Newsagents
  • Pet shops
  • Hardware stores
  • Garden centres
  • Retail shops in hospitals
  • Petrol stations
  • Bicycle shops
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Undertakers
  • Banks, building societies
  • Short-term loan providers, credit unions and cash points
  • Storage and distribution centres
  • Post Offices
  • Car rental services and car parks near vital services such as supermarkets
  • Public toilets
  • Car garages and repair shops
  • Food banks and shelters
  • Hotels, hostels and other accommodation (for work purposes only)

Can I order online?

Yes, The Range continues to trade online, meaning you can get your shopping done from the comfort of your sofa.

Home delivery costs start at £3.95, but you'll have to spend more for large or fragile items.

The retailer has also rolled out a free reserve and collect option for regions with shopping restrictions, but it appears to only be available in Wales so far.

Shoppers in other parts of the UK can also click and collect to their local store for £3.95 per order.

What are the rules for shoppers at The Range?

Shoppers are requested to remain at least two metres apart and to avoid physical contact.

You should also pay by card where possible, plus wear a face mask at all times.

The working hours of The Range's customer service centre have been reduced due to the pandemic.

You can now speak to a member of staff between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday, or from 8.30am to 5pm on a Saturday.

Pubs, hairdressers, and gyms are among the businesses that have been forced to close in England – check out the full list.

We explain what non-essential shops are – and the full list of retailers closing during the second lockdown.

Planning to do some DIY during the shutdown? We round up rules for hardware stores including B&Q and Homebase

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