Stage 4 lockdown conditions for hardware announced
By: Christine Bannister
Melbourne metropolitan hardware stores will remain open to trade only under strict conditions during the Stage 4 lockdown, put in place by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on August 2.
Today Premier Andrews announced hardware stores will remain open with restrictions. This means that hardware stores will be open for collection and delivery only from 11.59pm Wednesday night, with tradesmen still able to access stores under restricted hours.
Shoppers will no longer be able to walk in stores for the next six weeks, during Stage 4 lockdowns in Melbourne, which is expected to last until September 13.
Strict safety protocols for contactless pick-up will be in place and retail workers will be permitted to work onsite for the sole purpose of fulfilling online orders.
Melbourne businesses are now divided into three categories – ones that will trade as normal, ones that will open with limitations or changes, including hardware stores, and those that will close completely.
Supermarkets and grocery stores will continue to trade as normal, as will bottle shops, petrol stations, pharmacies, newsagents, butchers, bakeries and post offices. Specialist stationery services for business use will remain open. Stores that supply disability and health equipment like mobility devices will operate as usual, according to a Seven News report.
Changes to construction
Large commercial buildings, above three stories, will need to reduce their workforce down to the minimum, and can have no more than 25 per cent of its workforce on site, according to a news.com.au report.
Premier Andrews said large-scale major projects the government was involved in had reduced their workforce by about half.
“We will continue project by project to look at ways we can further reduce the number of staff while doing so safely and for instance allowing us to reopen train lines that are currently closed because we are removing level crossings,” he said.
Residential building can continue, but it will be illegal to have more than five people on site at any one time.
“That means essentially for some of these industries, we are moving them to a pilot light phase, not being turned off completely but they are at — dramatically reducing the number of people they have working for them and their output over the next six weeks,” Mr Andrews said.
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