Which Major Stores Are Still Open Amid The Lockdown?

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The Federal Government has seriously cracked down on a range of businesses in a bid to flatten the Coronavirus curve. Cinemas, gyms, pubs and clubs, casinos, churches and day spas have been forced into lockdown, while cafes and restaurants can only offer takeaway.

However, confusion is rife as ‘non-essential services’ progressively shut down, yet other equally populated places remain open. Despite stores and shopping centres being allowed to continue trading, the knock-on effects of social distancing and loss of income for so many have seen many retailers voluntarily shutting shop amid the steep economic downturn. Yet others are booming and riding out the Covid-19 wave.

Here are some of the big-name stores still open - for now:


Supermarkets including Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and IGA remain open but must comply with hygiene and social distancing guidelines, and have enforced purchase limits, new trading hours and increased safety measures.

Bottle shops like BWS, Vintage Cellars, Dan Murphy’s, IGA Liquor and Aldi remain open however they have introduced buying limits to discourage panic buying and encourage social distancing.

Shopping centres including Westfield are open, however require people to adhere to current Government restrictions, which limits gatherings to two people in public spaces. While these centres as a whole have been permitted to remain open, many of the stores are closed.

Shopping Centre

Bunnings stores are open but have restricted shoppers to four people per aisle.

David Jones stores are still open but trading hours may have changed in some stores.

Kmart stores remain open with a range of precautionary measures implemented for increased compliance and safety. We hear this could be closed if 'stage four' restrictions come into place in the coming weeks.... so stock up on your jigsaws! Sydney's Top Ryde store is closed and will temporarily convert its store into an online order fulfilment sites. Kmart will give free delivery to orders over $45. 

Target stores are open, taking a range of precautionary measures and monitoring the situation closely.

BIG W remains open and is closely monitoring advice from the Government.

Officeworks stores remain open but will be guided by any Federal or State Government guidance as the situation continues to develop.

Chemist Warehouse remains open and is continuously adapting to reduce risk during the pandemic, including limiting prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

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