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I put a call out on Twitter earlier asking people what hobbies they’ve picked up during isolation and the overwhelming response was “gardening”. There were reports over the past few weeks that some Bunnings stores had run out of seedlings as people rushed in to buy supplies for home garden projects. So for something a bit more positive, tweet your isolation gardening attempts good or bad at me @MelissaLDavey – I want to see your veggie patches, flower gardens and chickens. I’ll share some of your responses a little later on this live blog.
The week before Easter is traditionally very busy for supermarkets. AAP reports Coles and Woolworths have announced new measures to ensure their stores do not breach physical distancing rules during the expected surge next week. Both supermarkets will limit the number of customers allowed in-store, based on the size of the store.
“Team members will be at store entrances to provide assistance and let you know when it is OK to come in,” Coles chief executive Steven Cain said. Woolworths managing director Claire Peters said: “Traditionally, the Thursday in the lead-up to Easter is one of our busiest times in-store. We ask our customers to pre-plan their Easter shopping to avoid the usual Thursday spike in numbers.”