Bunnings has announced its fundraising sausage sizzles will return in Tasmania and the Northern Territory this weekend at selected stores, as it begins a carefully phased re-introduction of the iconic snack.
The sausage sizzle was cancelled in March due to COVID-19 and Bunnings Chief Operating Officer, Deb Poole, said the hardware giant has been in talks on how to safely bring back the fundraising favourite without breaching coronavirus guidelines.
“We’ve spent the past few months consulting with community groups, governments and health authorities on how we can bring back our sausage sizzles safely for our customers and community groups,” Ms Poole said in a media release.
New measures to keep sausage lovers safe will include separate ordering and pick-up points to allow for the recommended 1.5 metres physical distancing.
Extra staff will be present along with extra signage to guide customers.
Increased cleaning processes and hygiene requirements will also be put in place.
Bunnings said that with over 40,000 sausage sizzles run by local community groups each year, they know what an important part the snags play for fundraising and how much customers love them.
“We know our customers have missed being able to show their support for local community groups by stopping by the sausage sizzle and we know the important fundraising role they play for thousands of community groups across Australia,” Ms Poole said.
If all goes well and depending on state guidelines, Bunnings have promised to roll out the sausage sizzles in other states as soon as it’s safe to do so.
“We will use this experience and community feedback from NT and Tasmania to further refine our approach ahead of re-introducing the sausage sizzle to other states,” Ms Poole said.
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