Bunnings snaggers are back!
Bunnings will restart its iconic sausage sizzles this weekend — but not all states can enjoy the barbecue goodness straight away.
The hardware giant owned by Wesfarmers has confirmed the community fund-raising program will return to selected stores in both the island state and the top end.
Sausage sizzles were suspended after the COVID-19 breakout, over fears interactions over the barbecue could be a breeding ground for the virus.
Community groups across the country sizzle about 40,000 snags each year at hardware stores across the country, raising money for community groups, causes and charities.
Bunnings is seeking to have barbecues up and running across every state and territory by the end of month, except for Victoria.
Social distancing will still apply when picking up a sausage, with separate pick up and order points. Increased cleaning regimes will also be implemented.
Bunnings chief operating officer Deb Poole said the NT and Tasmania would act as test runs for the implementation of the program in other states.
“The return will start off at selected stores in Tasmania and the Northern Territory this weekend where we will trial a new layout that promotes physical distancing and includes increased personal hygiene processes, above and beyond the normal processes,” Ms Poole said.
Ms Poole noted Bunnings has spent the past few months consulting with community groups, government and health authorities about how to bring back the beloved sizzle.
Bunnings will prioritise groups which had pre-booked before the pandemic hit, with sizzles being run by Rotary, Lions Club and youth groups this weekend.
“We know our customers have missed being able to show their support for local community groups by stopping by the sausage sizzle,” Ms Poole said.
“While we know they will be excited by this return, as are we, we’d just ask everyone to continue to be patient and respect the guidelines in place.”