Bunnings, Woolworths urge customers to wear face masks in Qld virus hotspots

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:

Mt. Gravatt,

Logan Rd,

Underwood,

Browns Plains,

Loganholme,

Bethania,

Springfield Central,

Cannon Hill,

Indooroopilly,

Rocklea,

Oxley

Acacia Ridge

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:

Brookwater

Browns Plains

Browns Plains Westpoint

Chatswood Hills

Park Ridge

Springfield

Springwood

Sunnybank

Macarthur Chambers (Queen St)

Buranda

Logan Central

Garden City

Spring Hill (Turbot St)

Acacia Ridge

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Are these stores without management brains? There are no restrictions in Queensland so what is to stop residents from hot spot areas traveling to other areas and shopping there? Queensland has the worst record in Australia for people ignoring the rules on social distancing, wearing masks, or using hand sanitiser. Just stand outside any supermarket and see how many people use hand sanitiser. Only about 10% and we do not know which area or region they have come from. . It’s by sheer luck we do not have the same level of infection as other regions. We are far from being out of the woods yet so I have no idea why all supermarkets and shops have become so complacent at this early stage. Hire someone out of a job to re-introduce the rules again at stores. People who are only capable of herd mentality need to be reminded of the dangers.