The coronavirus pandemic is continuing to sweep the UK - with scores of businesses shutting down.

Events have been cancelled and postponed, and many restaurants and chains have transformed their services into takeaways in the meantime.

Below is a round-up of the big chains across the country and if they remain open or closed.

  • Apple

A statement on the Apple UK website read: "Our retail stores are closed until further notice.

"We are committed to providing exceptional service to our customers.

"For purchases with fast and free delivery, shop here on or the Apple Store app. For service and support, go to or call 0800 107 6285. 

"We look forward to seeing you soon."

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  • B&Q 

An update from Graham Bell, B&Q CEO read: "At present, our stores and remain open. We will endeavour to stay open as long as it is safe to do so.

"The safety of our colleagues and customers is paramount. We are monitoring advice from the Government and the World Health Organisation, and reviewing our plans daily.

"We are cleaning our stores more frequently, especially areas where physical contact is more likely. Our colleagues are guided by the Government’s guidelines on cleanliness and safety.

"We are maintaining our long opening hours to give you flexibility of when to shop.

"Take care of yourself and your loved ones – together, we can do it."

  • Boots

For now, Boots stores remain open, but there are some changes for customers.

Boots said: "In these unprecedented times, our stores are changing their opening hours as they see necessary.

"We are working hard to reflect these changes as quickly as possible on our store locator but please be aware, information may not be accurate. 

"Please note, you may be asked to observe social distancing, particularly during busy periods, to try and limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)."

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  • Calvin Klein

Cheryl Abel-Hodges, CEO of Calvin Klein, said: "After careful consideration, we have decided to temporarily close all Calvin Klein stores across Europe, the U.S. and Canada beginning March 17 through to March 29.

"Our top priority is the well-being of our associates, our customers and our communities around the world. All associates from these store locations will receive pay and benefits for their scheduled hours during this temporary closure. 

"While we will miss seeing you in our stores, our teams will continue serving you on We’re also here for you on our social channels and look forward to staying connected with our community as we work to navigate these uncertain times together. 

"Our thoughts are with you and your loved ones."

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  • Debenhams

Debenhams stores continue to remain open for the time being.

In an email to customers on Thursday evening (March 19), Debenhams said: "We thank you for your continued loyalty and support, especially in these difficult times.

"We are keeping up to date with the fast-moving government guidance to keep our colleagues, customers and partners safe.

"With this in mind we have already updated some of our policies to “no touch” such as beauty facials, bra fit and personal shopping but still hope to serve you as well as we can.

"Stores remain open but some have adjusted opening hours however, we will be following government guidelines.

"If you are spending more time at home, then we have introduced a couple of things to help you.

"Firstly, a code for free standard delivery on the things you may need while spending more time in the house. In addition, we have also extended the period for any returns in case you cannot get to the store to 60 days.

"We hope things get back to normal soon but until then we will do our best to serve you and your changing needs."

  • Disney Store

A spokesman said: "Following government advice, Disney Stores across Europe have been temporarily closed.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We’re carefully monitoring the situation and we continue to maintain close communication with the authorities for the latest information and guidance.

"Our products will continue to be available on the website"

  • IKEA

In a statement to customers, IKEA said: "These are extraordinary times, and our absolute priority is to ensure the health and safety of our customers and co-workers.

"As a precautionary measure against the ongoing risk of COVID-19, we have decided that, at 6pm on Friday, March 20, we will temporarily close all the IKEA stores across the UK and Ireland to customers.

"You will continue to be able to browse and purchase our range online or through the app, and have our products delivered directly to you. You will also be able to request a contact-free delivery if you prefer.

"For people with pre-booked kitchen planning appointments, we will be in touch to discuss virtual or remote planning options. 

"Co-workers are at the heart of the IKEA business and we are committed to supporting them in the best possible way during this complex and fast-evolving situation. We would like to thank our co-workers and partners for their dedication and hard work through these unprecedented times.

"We look forward to welcoming you back to our stores soon and we thank you for your understanding during these extraordinary circumstances."

  • John Lewis

On the John Lewis website on Friday (March 20), the company said: "We know this time of great uncertainty is having a huge impact on all our lives, so we want to let you know what steps we’re taking to help and support you. 

"Our customers, our communities and the Partners in our business are our priority.

"That’s why we’re continually monitoring the guidelines and advice provided by the UK Government and Public Health England, and are doing everything we can to make your experience as safe as possible. 

"We have increased our hygiene procedures and are providing regular updates to all Partners to ensure they have appropriate advice. 

"Our shops are open and we currently have no plans to close any.

"At the moment all of our shops are operating their normal opening hours, but this may be subject to change. Please check our shop pages [on the John Lewis website] for the latest information."

  • LEGO

An open letter from Niels B Christiansen, CEO of The LEGO Group, read: "We’ve temporarily closed the approximately 150 LEGO® Brand Retail stores we own and operate until at least March 27 in all countries except China. Our online store on remains open. 

"Our retail store colleagues will receive their scheduled wages until this time.

"We’re listening to you, and we take strength from the fact that play and learning can bring families together for moments of joy, even at the most uncertain times.

"We will get through this together.

"Stay safe, stay home and stay strong."

  • Marks and Spencer (M&S)

​According to their website, all stores are operating their normal hours, but this may be subject to change.

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  • Next

All Next stores currently remain open, but are subject to change. Customers are advised to check the Next website for updates.

  • River Island

In an email to customers on Thursday (March 19), a company spokesman said: "The safety and wellbeing of our community is our highest priority right now and we are closely following government advice to make the best decisions for our colleagues, customers, suppliers and partners. 

"It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that we are closing our stores for a while. Yesterday (18th March) all RI stores in the Republic of Ireland closed until further notice. Today (March 19) our London stores will be closing and all remaining stores will follow tomorrow (March 20). 

"These difficult choices have been made to protect our people - including you - as the government’s advice is updated, and public transport and schooling are now affected.

"We are doing our very best to keep on delivering the service and style you love online, where you can still shop with us 24/7.

"We have thought a lot about how we can connect with you, in the right way, during this very unusual time. We’ll be honest, we still don’t know exactly what that looks like.

"Stay tuned to our social channels, join the conversations and let us know how you want to engage with us in the coming weeks. 

"Now more than ever we want to share positivity, entertainment and inspiration to help take your minds (and ours) off the worries and challenges we are all facing.

"There’s one thing we know for sure, lots of things may be closing, but our community will always stay open.

"Stay safe and remember, we are in this together."

  • Superdrug

Superdrug stores currently remain open.

Details posted on the chains website said: "We are communicating daily with our healthcare teams on staying safe and well, protecting themselves and our customers. With contingency plans in place to ensure pharmacies remain open at this key time.

"Our clinics are fitted with hands free sinks and washing facilities."

  • TkMaxx

A statement on the TkMaxx website reads: "We’re sorry but currently all our stores in the UK are closed to customers.

"We hope to reopen soon so please check regularly for the most up to date information."

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  • Wilko

A spokesman said on Friday (March 20): "All our stores are currently open as normal but we're constantly reviewing this. Please check with your local store for their most up-to-date opening hours. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

"Please note: to try to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), you may be asked to observe social distancing when in store, particularly during busy periods."