Bunnings have dedicated a special shopping hour for tradespeople and health service workers hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The hardware giant introduced a raft of safety measures at stores across the country in a bid to stay open during the health crisis.  

Bunnings employees are restricting how many people are allowed to enter the store at a given time to limit crowds, while shoppers must stay 1.5 metres away from others.

The retailer is also open for tradespeople and health and emergency services workers before 9am on weekdays to ensure they are able to purchase the goods they need. 

Bunnings have dedicated a special shopping hour for tradespeople and health service workers. Pictured: Security stands at the top of an aisle at Bunnings Alexandria on Tuesday

Bunnings have dedicated a special shopping hour for tradespeople and health service workers. Pictured: Security stands at the top of an aisle at Bunnings Alexandria on Tuesday

Bunnings have dedicated a special shopping hour for tradespeople and health service workers. Pictured: Security stands at the top of an aisle at Bunnings Alexandria on Tuesday

The hardware giant introduced a raft of safety measures at stores across the country. Pictured: Shoppers wear face masks as they walk through the aisles

The hardware giant introduced a raft of safety measures at stores across the country. Pictured: Shoppers wear face masks as they walk through the aisles

The hardware giant introduced a raft of safety measures at stores across the country. Pictured: Shoppers wear face masks as they walk through the aisles

CHANGES BUNNINGS HAS INTRODUCED IN STORES DUE TO COVID-19 

• Increased cleaning in-store and for equipment such as counters, trolleys and baskets

• Hand sanitiser for all team members

• Social distancing including 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 PA announcements to remind customers

• Encouraging customers to use Tap and Pay where possible

• Water fountains and trade coffee stations closed

• 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

Bunnings Managing Director Mike Schneider said they are continuing to follow government advice during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

‘We’ve made a lot of changes in store as we work to ensure the safety of our team and customers and operate in a responsible way,’ he said.

‘We understand the importance that a reliable supply of key products is to both DIY and trade customers to keep their businesses running and support their local communities, particularly with emergency repairs and maintenance.

Bunnings are also shutting earlier so team members can re-stock shelves and thoroughly clean the store.

‘We’ve also seen increased demand for necessary products that customers need to maintain their homes and we are focused on making sure we can make these items available,’ Mr Schneider said.

‘We’ve got over 43,000 team members across Australia and our focus is on keeping them employed, while also putting measures in place to keep our team and customers safe.’

Bunnings employees are restricting how many people are allowed to enter aisles (pictured)

Bunnings employees are restricting how many people are allowed to enter aisles (pictured)

Bunnings employees are restricting how many people are allowed to enter aisles (pictured)

Pictured: Shoppers line up to purchase goods at Bunnings Alexandria on Tuesday. Tape directing customers is seen on the floor

Pictured: Shoppers line up to purchase goods at Bunnings Alexandria on Tuesday. Tape directing customers is seen on the floor

Pictured: Shoppers line up to purchase goods at Bunnings Alexandria on Tuesday. Tape directing customers is seen on the floor 

A hand sanitising station has been set up in front of the Bunnings Alexandria store during the coronavirus crisis

A hand sanitising station has been set up in front of the Bunnings Alexandria store during the coronavirus crisis

A hand sanitising station has been set up in front of the Bunnings Alexandria store during the coronavirus crisis

Posters have also been hung around the warehouses to remind customers they are required to follow social distancing rules.

A hand sanitising station was set up out the front of Bunnings Alexandria on Tuesday and shoppers were advised to clean their hands before entering the store. 

A sign at the top of an aisle read: ‘Attention Customers: Due to social distance requirements we request only eight customers in this aisle at any one time.’ 

The special shopping hours for tradespeople and health workers were introduced on March 3.

All other Bunnings customers can visit the retailer between 9am and 7pm during the week. 

Tape directing shoppers is seen on the floor at Bunnings Alexandria on Tuesday

Tape directing shoppers is seen on the floor at Bunnings Alexandria on Tuesday

Tape directing shoppers is seen on the floor at Bunnings Alexandria on Tuesday

Bunnings have advised shoppers to stay 1.5 metres from others

Bunnings have advised shoppers to stay 1.5 metres from others

Bunnings have advised shoppers to stay 1.5 metres from others 

Pictured: Empty shelves at Bunnings on Tuesday. The retailer is shutting earlier so team members can re-stock

Pictured: Empty shelves at Bunnings on Tuesday. The retailer is shutting earlier so team members can re-stock

Pictured: Empty shelves at Bunnings on Tuesday. The retailer is shutting earlier so team members can re-stock

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