Halfords has issued an update on trading through the second lockdown.
The motoring accessories and cycling store said it was remaining open as an essential retailer – and explained how it was adapting to meet the requirements of current restrictions.
In a press statement it said: “Garages and bicycle shops have been classed as essential, so Halfords’ stores, garages and mobile vans will continue to operate as they have been for the past few months
“This means customers can continue to browse in Halfords shops and visit our garages, which are operating with rigorous safety measures in place in accordance with the current government guidelines.
“The safety of our colleagues and customers continues to be our top priority and since March, we have been working to adapt our stores and garages.”
Halfords says it has put in place important additional measures which include:
- Limiting customer numbers indoors
- Queue marshalling
- Notices and markings for social distancing
- Cleaning stations
- Hygiene screens and colleague PPE
- A contactless Drive in Fit and Repair Service
- A vehicle interior sanitisation process for all in car fitting jobs
It said that despite the new lockdown, customers can continue to browse at its 441 retail stores, visit its 367 garages for contactless car drop-offs or shop at its website.
It also has mobile expert vans that can come to your home.
Stores are operating with extended opening hours from 8am-8pm, it said.
Free next day delivery is offered on items over £40 (excluding bulky items) and there is also a free Click and Collect service.
It added that all customers and staff (unless exempt in line with Government guidelines) are required to wear face coverings when entering any of its stores or garages.
Customers are not allowed to try out bikes or try on helmets or clothing but staff are on hand to help people select the right product, it said.