B&Q in Reading was yesterday (November 17) turning people away who had arrived to shop in the morning due to a Covid outbreak in the store.

The DIY chain's store at Reading Gate Retail Park, Acre Road, confirmed that two staff members had tested positive, so the store was closed for a deep clean yesterday.

The news comes as Reading's Ikea store also confirmed today that 13 staff members had tested positive for Covid-19, with a further 60 employees self isolating.


One resident told the Chronicle that members of the public were being turned away from B&Q yesterday morning, and that staff members were sent home.

A B&Q spokesperson said: "We can confirm that our Reading store was temporarily closed following two team members receiving a positive (Covid 19) test result.

"Closing the store for deep cleaning is a precautionary measure and goes beyond government advice. The store has since reopened."   

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B&Q was reopened today (November 18).