As Level 4 of the nationwide lockdown kicks off, hardware stores will be allowed to open to the public for the first time in weeks.

Hardware stores were forced to close their doors to the public when lockdown was first instated, opening only to qualified tradespersons in the case of emergencies.

According to government regulations released on Wednesday, April 29, these stores will be allowed to reopen their doors and trade to the general public once more.

Under Level 4 regulations, stores will be required to ensure customers keep a distance of at least one and a half metres paired with other health protocols to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Emergency repair work will be allowed under level four restrictions and professional plumbers, electricians, glaziers, locksmiths and other repair workers will be allowed to carry out these services.

Parts needed for the emergency repairs of vehicles will also be allowed for sale.

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