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Bunnings Gears Up For Easter Rush, And Launches DIY Live For Australians In Lockdown

Bunnings is encouraging customers to get their shopping done earlier this week, ahead of what they say is traditionally a busy period at their stores. Bunnings stores are also implementing social distancing measures, which could make your shop significantly slower if it’s busy.

All Bunnings stores will be shut on Good Friday, and most NSW stores will be shut on Easter Sunday. Other closures vary state by state.

“We are limiting customer numbers in stores and in busy aisles at any one time. We’ve also placed trestle tables in front of service areas to create more distance, installed acrylic register guards for registers and counters, taped floors to marked 1.5m and opened up a space at the front of the store, just to name a few,” Bunnings Managing Director Mike Schneider said.

“We’d like to thank our customers for taking these changes in their stride – shopping solo wherever possible, planning ahead to shop more efficiently, observing social distancing and product restrictions and making cashless payments,” Schneider said. “These actions are more important than ever and we would encourage customers to think ahead about what they need and get their shopping done sensibly over the next week.”

On top of bringing in new practices that align with the government’s COVID-19 advice, Bunnings has embarked on a new programme to keep Australians entertained during lockdown.

Bunnings’ new Instagram series – called D.I.Y. Live – will focus on affordable and simple projects, activities for kids and Q&As. A new livestream will be held on the @bunnings IGTV channel everyday at 11am.

The series will feature landscaping advice from Dale Vine, organisation tips from Steph Phase, craft ideas to keep kids busy with Adam Dovile, and low-cost project tips for renters do D.I.Y. projects with Jess Holsman.

According to independent research commissioned by Bunnings, 65% of Australians have at least one unfinished D.I.Y. job to do at home.

“I love how setting aside time to be creative can help us to be more mindful and stay in the present. Undertaking a D.I.Y. project is a great way to feel a sense of accomplishment, and it takes your mind off those racing thoughts we can sometimes no doubt feel,” Holsman said.

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