The car parks at Bunnings’ stores are set to become mobile coronavirus testing stations as state governments look to massively increase testing numbers.
The car parks at Bunnings’ stores are set to become mobile coronavirus testing stations as state governments look to massively increase testing numbers.

This is how your Bunnings will help with the virus fight

You may not be able to get a sausage sizzle in the Bunnings' car park right now, but in some you'll soon be able to get a coronavirus test.

The hardware giant has confirmed it will offer its car parks as locations for COVID-19 testing stations.

A pilot will be conducted at a store in Melbourne's west tomorrow with a view to rolling out the stations to some other stores in the city and in regional Victoria later.

It comes as mining magnate Andrew Forrest announced he had secured 10 million coronavirus testing kits for Australia allowing a massive increase in the 500,000 tests that have currently been administered.

Bunnings car parks in Victoria are set to host the testing stations.
Bunnings car parks in Victoria are set to host the testing stations.

Bunnings was approached by the Victorian Government as a potential location for the testing stations.

Premier Daniel Andrews has said he is loath to remove Victoria's coronavirus restrictions until testing rates have increased in the state. The state wants to conduct 100,000 tests over the next fortnight.

Bunnings managing director Mike Schneider said the company was happy to be involved.

"We're part of the local communities where we operate and we have an important role in providing essential products," he told news.com.au in a statement.

"This new initiative is just another way we are supporting the government and the community to help us tackle COVID-19 together."

The Bunnings store in West Footscray will be the first to double as a testing station.

It's not yet clear who will be able to head to the store car park for a test.

The firm said it was still working through which car parks would be the most appropriate to expand the program too.

Testing will take place away from the store entrance and will be completely independent from Bunnings.

The firm, owned by Wesfarmers, isn't only one that's been approached with a number of major shopping centres that also have large car parks also thought to be part of the rollout.

In the UK, the car parks of temporarily closed Ikea stores have been turned into testing stations for National Health Service staff.

Victoria has recorded 1354 coronavirus infections, second only to New South Wales, and 18 deaths from the disease.

Originally published as Bunnings' new role in virus battle


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