WONTHAGGI Bunnings is still pumping today, sausage sizzle and all, with barely a carpark to be seen, despite being added as a Tier 2 Exposure Site for Friday, September 10, between the hours of 8.25am – 9.15am.

The store has since undergone a deep clean and staff are isolating and being tested but anyone who was at that store between those times on Friday, September 10 must follow the health department directives:

* Anyone who has visited a Tier 2 exposure site during times listed should urgently get a COVID-19 test and isolate until they receive a negative result.

* Continue to monitor for symptoms, get tested again if symptoms appear.

* And they should also fill out the self-assessment form on the coronavirus.vic.gov.au website.

The inclusion of Bunnings Wonthaggi on the list of exposure sites, following the notification yesterday of a positive case of COVID-19 at Corinella, has been confirmed by both Bass Coast Health and Bunnings themselves today.

“We were only notified of it late last night,” said a spokesman for Bunnings.

Staff of Bunnings have already been furloughed and are being tested locally.

BCH CEO Jan Child said the public testing drive-through at the Wonthaggi hospital would be open from 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, as would the centre at Cowes.

“The Wonthaggi drive-through has been busy this morning but the Cowes drive-through not as busy.

“The state vaccination centre at the Wonthaggi Town Hall is also busy today, but there may be an opportunity for walk-up AstraZeneca vaccinations during the day.”


Bunnings’ comment

Bunnings Regional Operations Manager, Andrew Gilkes said: “The Victorian Department of Health has advised that a customer who visited our Wonthaggi store between 8:25am – 9:15am on Friday 10 September, has since tested positive for COVID-19. Importantly the customer was wearing a face mask, as were our team.

“The health and safety of our team members and customers is our absolute focus and we have got incredibly comprehensive protocols for hygiene and cleaning during COVID-19 across our whole store network, developed in conjunction with advice from health authorities.

“This includes extensive physical distancing measures and deep cleaning of all stores daily as well as undertaking regular cleans throughout the day.

“An additional deep clean took place this morning using antiviral disinfectants. We have continued to undertake deep cleans of our VIC stores on a daily basis throughout the pandemic.”

It is understood the Department of Health advised Bunnings Wonthaggi it had been classified as a Tier 2 exposure site, but was not required to close the store.

The Department of Health requested team members who worked at the time of the customer visit to immediately get tested and self-isolate until they returned a negative test result.

Details on additional measures in place at stores for team & customer safety:

Any customers who are concerned or have any questions are encouraged to call the Department of Health COVID Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Bunnings has the following in place:

  • Monitoring and limiting customers in store.
  • Roll-out of ‘Count Me In’ app to further assist stores with customer limits.
  • Increased cleaning particularly for counters, trolleys and baskets throughout the day and a deep clean of each store using antiviral disinfectants daily.
  • Providing team and customers with hand sanitiser.
  • Displaying QR codes at the entrance and in different locations throughout our stores for customers to register their visit.
  • Implemented physical distancing measures, including taping floors to mark 1.5m, moving stock on pallets around to open-up space.
  • Encouraging customers to use Tap and Pay where possible.
  • Acrylic register guards installed in all Australian stores.
  • Offering a Product Finder App that lets customers search for products before they leave home and create a shopping list that shows which aisle items are located to speed up the shop.

Exposure sites

The local Tier 2 exposure sites in Bass Coast are as follows:

  • Bunnings Wonthaggi, Friday, 10 September, 8.25am – 9.15am.

Other Tier 2 exposure sites associated with this case are:

  • Van Steensel Timbers, Grantville, Plant Nursery, Saturday, 11 September, 9.35am – 10.10am.
  • Macca’s Farm, Glen Forbes, Saturday, 11 September, 10.45am – 12.15pm.
  • Blue Gum Garden Centre, Newhaven, Sunday, 12 September, 12.20pm – 1.15pm.

People who visited any Tier 2 exposure site during the times listed MUST get a COVID-19 test and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Family members or other people within the household do not need to get tested if they did not attend the exposure site, unless they have symptoms.

Everyone must be vigilant and monitor for symptoms and get tested if any symptoms appear.

For a list of symptoms, go to: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/symptoms-and-risks

Testing sites:

  • Cowes Drive Through Clinic,

9am – 5pm, Saturday, 18 September and Sunday, 19 September.

  • Wonthaggi Hospital Drive Through Clinic.

9am – 5pm, Saturday, 18 September and Sunday, 19 September.

There’s hardly a carpark to be seen at Bunnings today despite the notification of an alleged visit by a COVID-19 positive person last Friday week, September 10.