Big changes are coming to Bunnings with the hardware giant dedicating a special shopping hour for tradespeople and health service workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Tradespeople and health/emergency service workers will have exclusive access to Bunnings before 9am on weekdays “as part of ongoing efforts to give customers access to the products they need”.

“Bunnings 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,” the spokesperson for the company said.

Bunnings Managing Director, Mike Schneider added: “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.

“Our health and emergency services workers are doing an incredible job and we want them to have an opportunity to access the products they need.

“For tradies, it’s about keeping their businesses running and getting the items they need to help with vital maintenance and repair projects.”

The changes Bunnings has implemented due to COVID-19:

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  • Increased cleaning in-store and for equipment such as counters, trolleys and baskets
  • Hand sanitiser for team members
  • Social distancing – this includes taping floors to mark 1.5m, moving stock to open up space, trestle tables in front of service areas to create more distance
  • Posters outside and around the store and regular announcements to remind customers
  • Encouraging customers to use Tap and Pay where possible
  • Closure of water fountains and trade coffee stations
  • Cafés closed
  • Limiting customers in busier aisles
  • Limiting customer numbers in store during busy times
  • Suspension of sausage sizzles, family events, in-store and children’s activities.
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