CLICK and collect shopping could be banned in England if lockdown measures are extended to encourage Brits to stay at home. Ministers are reported to
CLICK and collect shopping could be banned in England if lockdown measures are extended to encourage Brits to stay at home.
Ministers are reported to be considering extending lockdown rules to stop all non-essential shops from offering the service, such as clothes and cafes.
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Only supermarkets would be allowed to offer the service to reduced queues for groceries in stores.
Under the current lockdown rules in England, stores, cafes and pubs can continue to allow customers to pick up online orders from branches.
But officials are said to be concerned with the long queues of customers waiting to collect goods and fast food.
John Lewis has said it will temporarily suspend the service, although customers can still pick up goods ordered through the retailer from Waitrose stores.
List of businesses that must close
THE government has confirmed the below list of businesses that must shut during the third national lockdown in England.
- Non-essential retailers, such as clothing and homeware stores
- Vehicle showrooms, other than for rental
- Betting shops
- Tobacco and vape shops
- Electronic goods and mobile phone shops
- Auction houses, except for auctions of livestock and agricultural equipment
- Market stalls selling non-essential goods
- Bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants except for takeaway and delivery
- Hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances
- Leisure centres and gyms
- Swimming pools, sports courts, fitness and dance studios, riding arenas at riding centres, climbing walls, and golf courses
- Theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries
- Casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys
- Skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas
- Circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks
- Zoos, safari parks, and aquariums
- Indoor attractions at venues such as botanical or other gardens, biomes or greenhouses
- Hairdressers, barbers and nail salons
- Tattoo and piercing shops
- Beauty and tanning salons
- Nightclubs and adult entertainment venues
- Community centres and halls apart from a few exceptions
Meanwhile, McDonald’s stopped customers from collecting orders in branches last week.
In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has announced a ban on click and collect services for non-essential retailers.
People who do use click and collect services from supermarkets, for example, will need to book ahead to prevent any crowding.
The First Minister also said Scots will only be allowed to pick up takeaway food and drink if they are collecting it through a serving hatch or doorstep.
While the rules have not changed yet in England, we take a look at the retailers who are continuing to offer click and collect services and how much they cost.
Which non-essential retailers are offering click and collect?
Standalone stores across England are closed during the third national lockdown but you can still click and collect.
Customers aren’t allowed to enter stores – staff will instead take your order number at the door and bring your item to you.
As shops are closed, you can’t go inside to make a purchase so you’ll need to make sure you’ve already placed an order before you arrive at the shop.
You must also wait for a text to tell you your item is ready for collection.
The retailer offers a free click and collect service, or you can pay £3.95 for home delivery.
You can also click and collect from Argos stores located in Sainsbury’s supermarkets.
Currys PC World
Currys PC World stores are shut for browsing but you can order online and pick up from your nearest store.
If you arrive by car, a Currys staff member will simply put the item in your boot.Alternatively, you can select the walk-up option instead.
Online shoppers can get both click and collect and standard delivery for free.
The Disney store offers a click and collect service if you’re keen to order something online for your young ones.
It’s cheaper than standard delivery, which will set you back £3.95.
Click and collect meanwhile costs £2.95.
John Lewis has temporarily suspended its click and collect service from its department stores.
Orders placed online after January 12 will only be available for home delivery.
Shoppers will still be able to order goods online to be collected from a designated Waitrose store.
It’s free as long as you spend more than £30. Orders that cost less are subject to a £2 fee.
Alternatively, its home delivery service is still running, which costs from £3.50 for orders below £50 or it’s free if you spend more.
Matalan is still offering its free click and collect service during the national lockdown, apart from in Northern Ireland.
Alternatively, you can order for standard home delivery for £3.95.
Just keep in mind deliveries may take up to ten days, unless if it’s only sale items, which may delay the delivery for up to 21 days.
Fashion and homeware store Next is continuing to offer click and collect at stores in England, Wales and Scotland.
Unfortunately, stores in Northern Ireland remain fully closed.
Click and collect is free and the retailers aims to process your order within an hour.
You’ll need to wait for the stores to send you a text to say your order is ready before heading out.
Click and collect is free at Smyths Toys, while standard shipping costs £4.99 for orders under £10 and £2.99 for orders between £10 and £19.
If you spend more than £19, you’ll get it delivered for free.
Sports Direct is continuing to offer click and collect during lockdown but it charges a hefty £4.99.
The retailer charges the same for standard delivery to your doorstep, which may be a preferable option for those who can wait for their order.
TK Maxx is temporarily suspending its click and collect service.
If you’ve ordered items through the click and collect service, your local store will keep hold of the order for up to 30 days after the store has re-opened.
Alternatively, you can request a refund here.
Meanwhile, standard home delivery sets you back £3.99 for any orders below £75. If you spend more, it’s free.
Supermarket home deliveries
HERE’S what other supermarkets charge for their home delivery services.
- Asda delivery charges range between £3 and £5.50. There’s a £40 minimum spend on home delivery orders and a £25 minimum spend for click and collect.
- Iceland offers free home delivery, but you have to spend a minimum of £35 to place an order.
- Morrisons delivery slots cost between £1.70 and £6.90. There’s a £40 minimum spend on home deliveries.
- Waitrose doesn’t charge for delivery, but you need to spend a minimum of £60.
- Sainsbury’s charges between 50p and £7 for delivery. There’s a £25 minimum spend.
- Tesco charges £4.50 for all delivery slots. There’s a £25 minimum spend.
- Ocado orders less than £75 cost between £2.99 and £6.99. More expensive orders are free.
What about supermarkets?
Supermarkets will be allowed to continue to offer click and collect services throughout lockdown.
Asda offers free click and collect and can prepare orders for collection by the following day.
There’s a minimum spend of £25. Smaller orders are subject to a £4 charge.
There’s a £40 minimum spend for free click and collect at Sainsbury’s otherwise you’ll have to pay £4.
Tesco click and collect costs £1.50 for orders £25 or over, otherwise there’s a £4 fee.
It’s free to click and collect your shopping at Morrisons too and it has recently increased the number of stores offering the service.
Discounters Aldi and Lidl do not offer click and collect.
Can I do click and collect at hardware stores?
But for those who prefer to shop online, you’ll typically still be able to click and collect and get home delivery services.
Wickes, for example, is encouraging customers to use its click and collect and home delivery services where possible.
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Supermarkets are open and they have certain rules you need to follow in store when visiting – and there may be some limits on items too.
Pubs, bars and restaurants are closed but they can offer takeaway and delivery services, although takeaway pints are banned.