NSW pharmacies can now trade 24/7


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State minister makes order that allows for retail premises such as supermarkets, pharmacies and corner stores to operate 24 hours per day

This week the NSW Government introduced the COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020.

Legislative changes have allowed the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes to make an order, effective from 25 March 2020, that allows for retail premises such as supermarkets, pharmacies and corner stores to operate 24 hours per day.

“We want to ensure our communities have access to essential goods during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mr Stokes.

“This provides retailers the flexibility to adjust and extend their hours of operation to ensure that the community has easy access to food, medical supplies and essential household goods.

“The order also allows for waste disposal from retail premises at any time.

“These measures will be in place until the crisis is over, or another order is made amending these measures.”

The order also allows home businesses to operate 24 hours per day and to employ more than two people other than the permanent residents of the dwelling, but not more than five people, providing they can abide by social distancing rules.

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