‘Painting your house is not essential’: Furious Australians hit out as photos emerge of enormous queues outside of Bunnings stores despite lockdown
- Customers were seen queuing outside Bunnings stores despite social distancing
- The hardware retailer implemented changes to keep customers and staff safe
- They launched Drive and Collect shopping and increased cleaning measures
- Floors have been marked to let customers keep their safe distance at all times
- Comments online claimed the public should use common sense before shopping
- Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID
Bunnings stores have been swamped with customers queuing up outside retailers despite social distancing rules.
Images were posted on social media on Saturday showing shoppers clustered outside warehouses around the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Many customers claimed the stores were packed with people browsing the shelves despite restrictive measures where the public have been told to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
‘Going to Bunnings on a Saturday in the current environment is about as stupid as licking the sweat off a sick person,’ one tweet reads.
Bunnings stores across Australia have been packed with queuing customers despite social distancing measures
‘So Bunnings is open for hundreds of people in a confined space, but sitting in the open air at a park is a no go? These rules are arbitrary and frankly a bit ridiculous,’ another post reads.
Australians are only allowed to leave home to get food, travel for work or education, exercise, receive medical care or for compassionate needs during this time, leaving many wondering if shopping at Bunnings is essential.
‘Absolutely nobody can tell me that everyone going to Bunnings is doing so for an essential reason,’ another comment reads.
‘Painting your house is not essential, buying potting mix is not essential. 70 per cent of people there are just taking the piss.’
Bunnings have implemented a wealth of changes in store to keep customers and staff safe during the coronavirus period.
They recently launched their Drive and Collect service at 250 stores around Australia, where customers can pick up their orders from the store car park with no contact between staff and customers.
Bunnings have made many changes to keep customers and staff safe while shopping for supplies in store, including implementing distancing measures in queues by marking the floors with tape
Bunnings famous sausage sizzles have been suspended, with trade customers and health and emergency services workers able to shop without the public before 9am on weekdays.
Store cleaning procedures have been enhanced, with staff given gloves and hand sanitiser, while the floors have been taped to mark 1.5metre distance for customers to keep their space in store, with a limit on the number of customers allowed inside at any time.
Announcements are regularly made in store to remind customers to adhere to the procedures, while contactless payment methods are being encouraged.
‘We’re taking a common-sense approach to finding ways to quickly adapt our business so that we can continue to safely serve our retail customers and enable tradies to keep their businesses running,’ Bunnings Managing Director Mike Schneider said in a media release.
‘As always, we will continue to follow government advice and will be guided by them as they work through this difficult time.
‘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.
A collection of Tweets complaining about crowds and customer behaviour in Bunnings on Saturday
‘You may see queues in front of our stores because of these customer limits and our team and doing are great job making sure that everyone gets in and out as safely and as easily as possible.
‘Keeping our customers and team safe whilst providing everyone access to the products that they need during this time remains a priority for us.’
Bunnings stores are one of the few essential retailers that have been allowed to stay open during the coronavirus crisis, though the hardware giant was earmarked for closure if the Federal Government further tightened restrictions.
Non-essential services like pubs, beauty salons and gyms have been forced to close, while restaurants and cafes may only operate on a take-away basis.
Many online urged the public to use common sense before shopping in store during this time.
‘If you’re not industry, and you don’t have an emergency, you don’t need to be at Bunnings!’ one post reads.
‘Do your bit to eliminate COVID-19 and stay at home!’