This Morning's Alice Beer warns public to stop shopping for DIY and decorating equipment during lockdown

21 April 2020, 11:27 | Updated: 21 April 2020, 13:22

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By Alice Dear

The consumer expert said it is 'selfish' to be going out to buy equipment to renovate your home.

This Morning's Alice Beer warned viewers to stop leaving their homes to buy DIY equipment during the lockdown.

The consumer expert told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that people cannot leave the house on "a mission" to buy paint and wallpaper to renovate or improve their homes.

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Alice explained: "I know it's tempting, it's the perfect time to do it, but unless it is part of another journey you cannot go out specifically to buy things".

Alice Beer explained to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that while it is tempting, now is not the time to be doing renovations
Alice Beer explained to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that while it is tempting, now is not the time to be doing renovations. Picture: ITV

She told the ITV viewers that while you are allowed to leave the house to buy tools and equipment to repair, mend or maintain, you cannot buy decorating items simply because you want to redecorate your home or garden.

She explained: "You can buy tools to repair or to mend or to maintain, you can not go out on a mission to buy paint and wallpaper to renovate or improve things."

Alice Beer said it is "selfish" to leave the house for non-essential DIY tools
Alice Beer said it is "selfish" to leave the house for non-essential DIY tools. Picture: ITV

She added: "You are taking up space that other people need around you, and it's a selfish thing to do.

"So, think twice before you do that."

Host Phillip Schofield then asked Alice if you're already at a shop for an essential item, are you allowed to buy non-essential items, for example, picking up shaving cream while at Boots collecting a prescription.

People have been seen shopping at DIY stores during the lockdown
People have been seen shopping at DIY stores during the lockdown. Picture: Getty

Alice said this is fine, and people are permitted to buy non essential items if they are available during an essential trip.

This comes just days after Good Morning Britain's Dr Hilary told viewers they should not be washing their cars during lockdown, as it is not an essential activity.

He explained: "Washing your car is non-essential, apart from being able to see through the windscreen for safety."

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