While Bunnings had originally hoped to stay open in New Zealand under their lockdown laws, claiming they were an ‘essential service’, it seems the government had other ideas. Now the hardware warehouse has limited their sales to trade only.
The news has sparked widespread nervousness amongst Aussie shoppers, worried that similar closures could happen in Australia as government lockdown restrictions continue to roll in.
‘Will it happen in Australia as well?’ asked one Facebook user. ‘Kmart is my happy place. All this is so depressing,’ said another.
Last night, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that all beauty salons, waxing and nail salons must close, while hairdressing appointments were limited to 30 minutes only. Weddings and funerals have also been severely restricted, while auctions and open home inspections and amusement parks and play centres have been closed. It follows Sunday’s announcement that pubs, clubs and bars must close while restaurants and cafes were limited to takeaway service only.
At present, Bunnings and Kmart remain open in Australia. But with more restrictions looming, some suggest that shopping centres could have their trading hours limited next.