Bunnings and Woolworths are “strongly recommending” customers wear face masks at a number of stores in Queensland from today.
The hardware giant says they’re following government health advice and taking additional steps to ensure the safety of both staff and customers.
“From Monday we will require our team working across Bunnings stores, Trade Centres and Distributions Centres in parts of QLD where there is COVID-19 spread to wear face masks,” Bunnings chief operating officer Deb Poole said.
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“We will also strongly recommend that all customers wear a face mask or face covering when they visit a Bunnings store or Trade Centre across parts of QLD where there is COVID-19 spread.”
It comes following the emergence of a COVID-19 cluster in Brisbane’s south, which has so far seen five people test positive to the virus.
Ms Poole said customers would be provided with the option to purchase face masks should they wish to do so.
“While we’re not mandating customer use of face masks in these locations, we greatly appreciate customers getting on board to help protect everyone,” she said.
“Our team are already doing an exceptional job working in a COVID-safe way and we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to help reduce COVID-19 community transmission.”
Queensland stores where Bunnings is recommending customers wear face masks:
Woolworths is also encouraging people to don a mask when shopping at a number of stores across the sunshine state.
“In Queensland, customers and teams across Woolworths Group stores and sites within hot spot areas will also be strongly encouraged to wear face coverings from tomorrow,”Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci said.
The includes Woolworths supermarkets, Woolworths Metro Food Stores, BIG W, Dan Murphy’s, BWS and ALH Hotels.
“Even though wearing a face covering is not mandatory in Queensland, as the largest private sector employer with stores in almost every community, we feel it’s important we lead the way in helping reduce community transmission of COVID-19,” he said.
List of Queensland Woolworths stores encouraging face masks:
Browns Plains Westpoint
Macarthur Chambers (Queen St)
Spring Hill (Turbot St)