Bunnings stores across Greater Sydney will be reopening for retail customers after being forced to shut less than two weeks ago.
A total of 24 stores will reopen from Monday September 6 to all customers, but stores in the 12 LGA’s of concern will remain closed (except for tradies and click and collect orders).
The company’s managing director Mike Schneider said the decision came after the NSW government confirmed that 70 per cent of the eligible population had received at least one COVID-19 vaccination.
“The acceleration of the vaccine rollout and the increase in opportunities for our team to get vaccinated has given us the confidence to re-open our stores in Greater Sydney,” he said.
The 24 outlets opening include Alexandria, Artarmon, Ashfield, Balgowlah, Belrose, Caringbah, Carlingford, Castle Hill, Chatswood, Dural, Gladesville, Gordon, Gregory Hills, Kirrawee, McGraths Hill, Narellan, Narrabeen, North Penrith, Penrith, Randwick, Rose Bay, Rouse Hill, Thornleigh and Warringah Mall.
Bunnings has also introduced additional safety measures for customers, including a one person per 10 metre limit.
There will be limits to customer numbers in busier aisles, which will be monitored with taping and floor markings guiding people.
In addition, there will be several QR code checkpoints throughout the store to ensure contact tracers can best keep track of anyone in attendance.