Bunnings has announced a number of additional changes to its stores in the wake of COVID-19.
From Monday, March 30, Bunnings stores will open exclusively for trade customers, health and emergency services workers before 9am on weekdays.
Bunnings says it hopes this move will help health and emergency services workers get what they need but also enable tradies to keep their businesses running and get the items they need to help with vital maintenance and repair projects.
Bunnings stores will also close earlier on weekdays to enable team members to re-stock shelves and conduct a thorough clean of the store.
Weekend hours will remain the same with no exclusions on Saturdays and Sundays.
Inside the store, some changes as have been put in place to help look after team members and customers. These include:
- Increased cleaning in-store and for equipment such as counters, trolleys and baskets
- Providing team with gloves and hand sanitiser
- Suspended sausage sizzles, family events, in-store and children's activities
- Implemented social distancing measures, including taping floors to mark 1.5m, moving stock on pallets around to open up space, trestle tables in front of service areas to create more distance
- Posters outside and around the store (and reminding customers via PA announcements)
- Water fountains and trade coffee stations closed
- Encouraging customers to use Tap and Pay where possible
"We know our customers need access to products to maintain their homes and we want to stay open for our customers to make these items available, while also putting measures in place to keep them safe," Bunnings managing director, Mike Schneider said.
"We also want customers to be aware that there may be some delays in our busier stores across the weekend as we do everything we can to ensure social distancing measures.
"This could be anything from less checkouts in operation, to limiting customer numbers in store, it will be different store to store depending on how busy they are and we'll do the best we can to get everyone in and out as quickly as possible."
- Customers are advised to check their local store trading hours as some may differ