QUEUES have been forming outside DIY stores after they reopened to customers.

DIY chain B&Q has now reopened 155 stores across the UK, including ones in Darlington, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Sunderland, Washington, as well as Newcastle’s Scotswood branch.

The stores have been closed since March as a result of the lockdown and measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

After a trial opening of 14 stores at the weekend, 61 outlets opened on Wednesday and further 80 today.

Queues started to form outside the stores, which are limiting the number of customers able to enter at one time.

Social distancing controls are being used, similar to those at many supermarkets.

Two metre floor markers have also been placed in stores to remind people to keep their distance, while perspex screens have been placed at checkouts.

Not all services are available, including kitchen and bathroom design, paint mixing, timber cutting and key cutting.