Supermarkets and pharmacies now have the ability to remain open 24/7 in a bid to make it easier for people to purchase necessary items during the coronavirus pandemic.

Planning Minister Rob Stokes said on Wednesday that they were scrapping the usual restrictions on trading hours so that things like food and medical supplies are more readily available.

“These orders cut red tape so we can move quickly and decisively to ensure the health, wellbeing and safety of our community during this time,” Mr Stokes said in a statement.

“The focus of our first order is giving people the flexibility to visit their local supermarket, pharmacy or corner store at any time of day if those retail premises choose to operate for extended hours.”

It is up to each store to implement the new opening hours.

Mr Stokes also said that they were providing greater flexibility for those operating businesses from home.

“For those businesses operating out of home, we are facilitating more flexible operating hours and increasing the number of people working together from two to five, providing they can abide by the social distancing rules,” the minister said.

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“This is important as more and more people work from home and need flexible working arrangements.”

With AAP.

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