Hardware stores should be listed as essential businesses and be allowed to have some customers indoors, even if it is restricted to tradespeople and contractors.

That’s the view of store owners and managers who have spoken of the frustrations they face being limited to kerbside pick-up and deliveries due to Covid-19 emergency regulations

Andrew Mackay, general manager at Gorhams, said: “The fact that hardware stores are not considered essential is ludicrous.”

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