‘Essential businesses’ that are allowed to stay open (not hardware stores or The Warehouse)

There was a lot of discussion yesterday about which businesses would be open or available to work during the lockdown.

There are general details on Covid-19 Essential businesses page, but Cabinet has also made some rulings and clarifications.

The Warehouse will be closed, and hardware suppliers Mitre 10, Placemkers and Bunnings are only open for “open to trade customers for essential purposes only”.  The lockdown would have been unworkable if everyone could shop at large outlests for whatever they wanted, and it would have been unfair on other retailers who sold some of the same products, eg appliance shops.


Decisions made by Cabinet, 24 March 2020

  • Dairies can remain open, with a one-in-one-out rule, and cannot sell cooked food.
  • Food delivery is prohibited, except meals-on-wheels and whole food delivery (eg subscription food boxes).
  • Every restaurant, café and bar must close all aspects of their operation.
  • Liquor stores must close, unless they are within Licensing Trust areas (in which case they can operate with a one-in-one-out rule).
  • Self-service laundries can stay open, with two meter physical distancing to be enforced.
  • Retirement villages are included as an essential service.
  • The Warehouse must close.
  • Bunnings, Placemakers, Mitre 10 and other retailers essential to the supply chain for building and construction can stay open to trade customers for essential purposes only.
  • The Tiwai Point smelter is exempt from closure.
  • NZ Steel is to shut down in a way that allows for production to recommence easily.
  • Pulp and paper plants are to shut down their non-essential elements in a way that allows for production to recommence easily, and while maintaining essential production.
  • Methanex can remain in production, but at a scale consistent with the stability of gas supply.

For the avoidance of doubt, sectors and occupations specified in the following are also included in this list of essential services:

  • Schedule 1 of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management CDEM Act 2002 Schedule 1 of lifeline utilities, and
  • Employment Relations Act 2000 Schedule 1 of essential services.

The entities listed above can continue to operate premises but must put in place alternative ways of working to keep employees safe, including shift-based working, staggered meal breaks, flexible leave arrangements and physical distancing.


The Warehouse says:

“we believe all new Zealanders deserve a place to get affordable family essentials” but “we’re temporarily closing our Red Sheds around the country“.

Mitre 10:

24 March 2020: All Mitre 10, Mitre 10 MEGA and Hammer Hardware stores will close to the public at the end of day Wednesday 25 March in line with the New Zealand’s government’s action to manage COVID-19. Online ordering is no longer available, and fulfilment of orders placed over the past 48 hours unfortunately cannot be guaranteed.

With recent government advice that we can continue to supply trade for purposes to support essential building and construction, we will now work to determine the best way forward to do this (including consultation with government) while ensuring the safety of our people and trade customers.

Placemakers:

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

All our branches are open with normal business hours today (24th March) and until 5pm tomorrow (25th March).

In line with the government alert Level 4 for COVID-19 our branches will be temporarily closing from Thursday (26th March) onwards. A few of our branches will be open between 7-11am hours to supply products to trade customers for essential services to maintain human health and safety at home/work. Click here for details.

Bunnings:

A message to our customers

We are open. Check your local store’s trading hours.

We are doing all we can to keep our customers and team safe, as well as  play our role preventing the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19.  This includes following the advice of the New Zealand Government and World Health Organisation and their recommendations for minimising the spread of this virus.

That’s for today. I presume they will follow Government advice when the lockdown begins tonight.

So if you want harwdare or timber to catch up on jobs around the house then you will have to join the last throngs today, and risk catching the virus before going into isolation.

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24 Comments

  1. Duker

     /  25th March 2020

    The Government said essential government departments will continue, but then Winz says they are closing all centres.
    Banks are supposed to be able to remain open but Kiwibank is closing all branches and other banks are shutting ‘selected branches’ even in small towns where you cant go to another branch

    Its the ‘Online census’ debacle all over again, the idea that most can work from home, or go online .
    Thats not how 20% or more of the population works, online maybe be facebook or email but thats about the limit for them

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  25th March 2020

      I wonder how long it will be before the inevitable backlash starts.

      With restrictions on the number of items in supermarkets, people will have to go there more often, of course. Two loaves of bread won’t last long. While I don’t believe in Corky’s fatbelllied security guards shoving gaping, wide-eyed people aside (all the ones I have seen have simply been guiding people in a few at a time) I could imagine it becoming more and more stressful as time goes on and people have to go to the supermarket every few days and spend ages doing so.

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      • Duker

         /  25th March 2020

        Diaries have bread too. Previously very few people had large numbers of bread loaves, its a panic thing now.
        Buy the largest packs, I have seen some massive bags of rice in the aisles
        Shop early , before 9 to avoid the crowds.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  25th March 2020

          I tend to have several loaves on hand, as I buy it for the birds. I hope that the local fruit & veg shop stays open if my current lot runs out. Quite a lot of people do buy it in bulk and freeze it.

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      • Corky

         /  25th March 2020

        ”Corky’s fat belllied security guards shoving gaping, wide-eyed people aside (all the ones I have seen have simply been guiding people in a few at a time) ”

        Oh, I can’t remember saying that…perhaps I have forgotten. Please remind me.

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  2. Blazer

     /  25th March 2020

    When they announced they were staying open WHS shares jumped over 30%.

    Now they are in a trading halt as punters queue up to…dump them.

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    • Corky

       /  25th March 2020

      The Warehouse will not be happy. They believe they are on a level above us mere mortals.
      They will want to punish the government in some way for this huge hole in their profits.

      Some good news if you can call it that… should this virus take off, it has the potential to decimate our gang population.

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      • Pink David

         /  25th March 2020

        “They will want to punish the government in some way for this huge hole in their profits.”

        I imagine they will succeed quite well in not having any profits to pay tax on.

        “Some good news if you can call it that… should this virus take off, it has the potential to decimate our gang population.”

        The strong survive mate. And never bet against tribalism in a time of crisis.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  25th March 2020

          What a wicked thing to wish for, that a virus would take off and kill people. Very bad kharma. You’re wishing people dead. That’s not good news, it’s malice of the worst kind. If it did take off, it would not be racially discriminating. We know that the chances of anyone in good heatlh and who isn’t old dying are minuscule. I can think of no one I dislike enough to wish them dead.

          No one here has died of it or been in any danger of doing so.

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          • Corky

             /  25th March 2020

            Haven’t you got gardening to do or something. I’m sure the country will mourn 25 mobsters dying. The TRUTH is they won’t. You also need to read my post again and stop your hyperbole which is annoying.

            @ PD

            ”The strong survive mate. And never bet against tribalism in a time of crisis.”

            Well, I am betting against tribalism being strong in this case. Gangs aren’t going to give up close contact and shared drugs. They will congregate and things will develop from there. Many of these gangster are in worse health than their appearance would suggest.

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  3. Shopping Online is still available over the next 4 weeks. However, Farmers will be unable to deliver until level 4 lockdown has been downgraded.
    https://www.farmers.co.nz/cms/An-important-message-from-Farmers-regarding-COVID-19?pb

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    • Duker

       /  25th March 2020

      Countdown has closed one of its inner Auckland supermarkets for the public and will operate it only for online orders. That makes a lot of sense but it seems all delivery request times are booked up for a while all over

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  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  25th March 2020

    The govt website on this is absolute incompetent crap, technically, usability and content.

    And can someone explain why alcoholic drinks are an essential service while home improvement during enforced idleness by almost all trade and manual workers is not? Clearly the Wellington elite are running the show.

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    • Duker

       /  25th March 2020

      Bottle shops arent allowed to open.
      Hardware businesses are allowed for trade customers , you should be able to put some overalls on and call yourself a tradie for a month

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  25th March 2020

        They closed bottle shops saying alcohol is available from supermarkets. Presumably only those with a trade account can use the hardware stores.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  25th March 2020

          I thought that tradies were being ordered to down tools, leaving part-built houses.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  25th March 2020

            They are but exceptions for health and safety and support for essential services are provided.

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        • Westie Bob

           /  25th March 2020

          Given West Auckland bottle shops are open will the rest of Auckland travel to get their spirits?

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  25th March 2020

            Only if supermarkets are bottle-necked.

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          • Duker

             /  25th March 2020

            Yes that ‘Trusts’ one is a bit strange , but I think it only means their ‘shop within a shop’ arrangement that they have in supermarkets.

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            • Duker

               /  25th March 2020

              ‘The Trusts’ Ukrainian beer will be a hit….after all we have turned into Ukraine overnight.

          • MaureenW

             /  25th March 2020

            How are the Trusts liquor outlets “essential services”?

            Reply
            • I presume because in Trust areas supermarkets can’t sell wine and beer, so Trust areas are given access to them to be equal to other areas. So more quality rather than essential.

  5. The Internet infrastructure is an essential business:

    If it went down we have to be able to survive, but it will make isolation far easier than if we didn’t have it.

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