The most recent shutdown would enable critical services such as supermarkets to continue operating in Victoria.
And now Bunnings chief Mike Schneider says the chain of hardware will also be excluded from the strict laws of lockout.
It is expected that Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will reveal which companies will be permitted to remain open for trade later today during the COVID-19 stage 4 lockdown.
Supermarkets, butcheries, and bakeries have already been reported to remain open throughout the time.
But managing director of Bunnings Mike Schneider has said that the beloved DIY chain should also be allowed to remain open.
Mr Schneider, speaking to The Australian, said Bunnings was a major supplier to sectors such as aged care and healthcare, sold many essential cleaning and hygiene products, and played a major role in mental health.
“We always believed we play an essential role,’’ he told the publication.
“If there is a freak storm and roofs are damaged, it is tarpaulins and ropes and water proofing equipment; if your hot water system goes, if your smoke alarm goes or light bulbs go – these are all things you need for urgent repairs.
“And we play an important role in taking pressure off the supermarkets because we actually supply a range of products that overlap in those cleaning products so we spread the load between supermarkets and others.”
And in a statement provided to news.com.au, Mr Schneider said while the retailer awaited further government guidance, the hardware industry as a whole was “essential”.
“Home improvement retailers worldwide have been classed as essential as our industry plays an important role in providing necessary products for customers to keep their homes and businesses safe and secure and keep small businesses running with products for urgent repairs and maintenance,” he said.
“We also understand the important role those in this industry play in keeping the community active when at home, for big and small projects as well as the very positive physical and mental health benefits that come from the sense of achievement from getting things done around the home.
“The safety of our team and customers is our number one priority and we will continue to follow the advice of the Victorian Government.”