‘Can I go to Bunnings?’: DIY run gets tick under stay-at-home rules

As churches prepare to turn people away this Easter to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a holy place for many DIY enthusiasts will remain open.

With police issuing fines to those who venture outside without a valid reason, some retail businesses – such as Bunnings – continue to welcome customers despite strict rules around social isolation.

Bunnings has seen a surge in shoppers during the pandemic, with DIY spending skyrocketing.Credit:Wayne Taylor

Easter weekend is typically a busy time for the hardware giant, and this year promises to be no exception, as people with time on their hands gather up materials for odd jobs around the house.

Authorities say there are only four valid reasons to leave the home: to get essential goods and services, for care and other compassionate reasons, to work or study and to exercise.

So while learning to drive warrants a $1652 fine and social visits from friends or family are banned, what about the weekend tradesperson who wants to paint the walls or fix the gutters while in isolation?

Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton told 3AW's Neil Mitchell on Tuesday that visiting a shop was a sufficient reason for being outside, as long as the retail business was not restricted under the Chief Health Officer's guidelines.

"Because Bunnings is open, I can go to Bunnings and buy a can of paint?," asked Mitchell.

"It would seem so at this stage, that's the way it would appear," Mr Patton said.

A search for clarity around what is OK has resulted in authorities being asked about all sorts of hypothetical scenarios, such as fetching firewood, driving to McDonald's or visiting a holiday home.

The problem has been compounded by states having different rules for recreational activities such as golf and fishing.

At a briefing on Monday, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton expressed frustration about the confusion. "I'm a bit surprised by some of the questions," he said.

"There are only so many times you can say 'If you can stay at home, please stay at home'.

"So to get questions — 'Can I shoot a rabbit at a wedding? 'Can I take my personal trainer here, there and everywhere?' — surprises me. I think people should focus on what they can and should do to reduce transmission now."

Dr Sutton said that shops like Bunnings were allowed to stay open because they sell essential items needed for maintenance or in an emergency.

"They will have some items that are available … that aren't essential," he said.

"They'll be open for people to get them if they absolutely require them but it shouldn't be a free-for-all."

Bunnings is not the only retailer still trading despite the restrictions on social movement. IKEA, JB Hi-Fi, Kmart, Target and Rebel Sport are also keeping their stores open.

In response to the health crisis, Bunnings has taped signs on the floor to indicate a distance of 1½ metres, increased cleaning in stores and provided gloves and hand sanitiser for staff.

"We've had a number of changes in place in stores over the last few weeks as we continue to follow government advice," said Bunnings managing director Mike Schneider.

For those still seeking answers for what is allowed, the Department of Health and Human Services has released a long list of answers to community questions about the stay-at-home order.

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PSG in dramatic Icardi U-turn as they ‘agree to buy striker in £62m permanent transfer’ to replace Uruguay-bound Cavani – The Sun

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN are ready to make a dramatic U-turn by completing the permanent signing of Mauro Icardi this summer, according to reports.

The Argentine, 27, has spent the 2019/20 season on loan at the Parc des Princes from Inter Milan.

It was thought the French side had terminated his contract after his controversial wife and agent Wanda Nara said they wanted to return to Italy.

However, according to Corriere Dello Sport, PSG have changed their tune and now want to exercise the option to buy Icardi at the end of his temporary spell.

He would cost the French champions £62million after the clause was inserted into the loan agreement last summer.

Part of the reason for wanting to keep Icardi is because PSG look set to lose their all-time record goalscorer.

Edinson Cavani almost joined Atletico Madrid in the summer but now is poised to head back to his homeland.

Uruguayan side Penarol – managed by Diego Forlan – are confident of securing Cavani on a free transfer when his PSG contract runs out at the end of the season.


Club captain and friend of Cavani Cristian Rodriguez told FM Del Sol: "I have the authority to talk about Edi.

"He's about to come to Penarol and I can't say anything else. Call him and ask him."

There were reports that despite PSG having the option to buy Icardi, the striker himself could veto a move.

This was the case when Fiorentina wanted to make Mo Salah's move from Chelsea permanent in 2015 before the Egyptian said no.

However, Inter Milan deny Icardi has the power to stop a transfer and claim it is entirely down to PSG if they want to sign him.

It is clear the San Siro side want to get rid of Icardi after the relationship between the former captain and the club completely and dramatically broke down last year.

He has not always seen eye to eye with new boss Thomas Tuchel in Paris, either, but he is on much better terms with the German than Antonio Conte at his parent club.

On the field, Icardi has been in fine form for the Ligue 1 champions, keeping Cavani out of the team.

He has scored 20 goals in 31 appearances, including a hat-trick in a 6-1 thumping of Saint-Etienne and five in the Champions League group stages.

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Mike Tyson admits he once offered a zookeeper $10,000 to fight a silverback gorilla

Mike Tyson has admitted that he once offered a zookeeper $10k to fight a silverback gorilla.

The former heavyweight champion of the world is a known animal lover and recently made the news discussing his past owning exotic animals, staking his claim as America’s original ‘Tiger King’.

However, Tyson seemingly has less love for gorillas than big cats as he has revealed how in the late 1980s he once told a zookeeper he wanted to climb in a cage and fight a silverback.

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Fortunately, the zookeeper in question declined his offer.

“I paid a worker at New York’s zoo to re-open it just for me and Robin [Givens, his ex-wife],” Tyson once told The Sun.

“When we got to the gorilla cage there was one big silverback gorilla there just bullying all the other gorillas.

“They were so powerful but their eyes were like an innocent infant.

“I offered the attendant $10,000 to open the cage and let me smash that silverback’s snot box. He declined.”

With big cats back in the news thanks to the runaway success of Netflix documentary Tiger King, Tyson has admitted that he regrets his history of owning exotic animals.

Netflix’s seven-part documentary series has provided a welcome distraction to those in lockdown during the global coronavirus pandemic, quickly becoming the source of an endless number of memes on social media.

The documentary charts the demise of Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as ‘Joe Exotic’, the eponymous ‘Tiger King’ currently serving a federal prison sentence on two counts of murder for hire.

Tyson, 53, is among those to have seen the documentary and has admitted that he was “wrong” for keeping two tigers at his Las Vegas mansion years ago.

“I was foolish,” Tyson said last week, on an Instagram Live with Fat Joe.

“There’s no way you can domesticate these cats 100 percent. No way that’s going to happen. They’ll kill you by accident, especially when you’re playing rough with them, you’re punching them back. They get hyped up, hit you back and you’re dead.

“I’m just happy I educated myself. I was doing the wrong shit. I shouldn’t have had them in my house, believing they were domesticated. I was wrong.”

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BT Sport launch two new historic shows to help footie fix including Man Utd and Chelsea’s iconic Champions League finals – The Sun

BT SPORT have launched two new shows to give fans their football fix while in lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With no live Champions League or Premier League matches for the foreseeable future, the broadcaster has been filling in the gaps with fresh content.

And supporters will now be able to watch some of British club's best moments in European history with a pair of programmes.

Starting next week, Throwbacks will revisit last season's quarter-finals, with both competitions finishing in all-English finals.

BT Sport 2 will be showing matches on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and then live over the next five weeks.

It will start with Tottenham's first leg clash with Manchester City, Manchester United against Barcelona and Arsenal's fixture with Napoli.

Throwbacks will also talk over all the latest football news that day, along with Rio Ferdinand and Robbie Savage interacting with fans on social media.

Alongside this, every night THIS week, BT Sport 3 will be showing highlights of some of the most magical matches in European history over the past 20 years.

These include Liverpool's 'Miracle of Istanbul' win over AC Milan in 2005 and United's dramatic victory over Bayern Munich to seal the treble.

Throwbacks Schedule:

  • Tuesday 20:00: UEFA Champions League Throwbacks – Tottenham v Man City 2019 Quarter Final – With Jake Humphrey & Rio Ferdinand
  • Wednesday 20:00: UEFA Champions League Throwbacks – Man Utd v Barcelona 2019 Quarter Final – With Jake Humphrey & Rio Ferdinand
  • Thursday 20:05: UEFA Europa League Throwbacks – Arsenal v Napoli 2019 Quarter Final – With Matt Smith & Robbie Savage

Chelsea's penalty shootout win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in 2012 will also be featured.

But Blues fans will also have to endure that rainy night in Moscow, which saw them lose on spot-kicks to the Red Devils.

A BT Sport statement said: "Beginning a year to the week of last season’s European Quarter-Finals, a new programme called Throwbacks will examine last year’s competitions.

"It will revisit possibly the greatest season British clubs have had in Europe on BT Sport 2.

Champions League finals revisited:

  • Tuesday 7th April: AC Milan 3-3 Liverpool (2004/05)
  • Wednesday 8th April: Bayern Munich 1-2 Man Utd (1998/99)
  • Thursday 9th April: Bayern 1-1 Chelsea (2011/12)
  • Friday 10th April: Man Utd 1-1 Chelsea + pens (2007/08)

"Broadcast every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, these shows will be presented live by the BT sport team and will run for the next 5 weeks.

"It will follow the action from the Quarters, right up to the Finals."

Meanwhile, Match of the Day are currently running historic Premier League fixtures to fill the gap of no live games.

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London Pulse’s daily training sessions, welfare calls, TikTok and a second pre-season

London Pulse are continuing to grow their culture despite not knowing when or in what form the Vitality Netball Superleague will take when it returns in the future.

The competition’s newest franchise commenced their second season this February with a wealth of new players and a new head coach at the helm, Samantha Bird.

Bird, who is also the England A head coach, is known within the sport for bringing groups together and developing unified teams.

Her intricate knowledge of the upcoming talent in the country assisted her in creating a squad at Pulse that’s filled with youth and then boosted by the right level of experience. The proof was them delivering three victories from three matches before the suspension of the new season.

“The players really enjoy being part of the club, they’re really enjoying what the club is offering, each other’s company and the challenge,” Bird said exclusively to Sky Sports.


“I think when you’ve got happy and motivated players, they perform well. I think that shone out in the performances [we had] and that’s what we’re going to try and keep doing.”

As soon as it was clear that the situation regarding coronavirus was escalating in England, Bird made sure that her foreign players had time to decide what they wanted to do. Two have returned to New Zealand whilst Sigi Burger and Adean Thomas have stayed in England.

“It was important to get them to be able to relocate before the further restrictions happened,” Bird noted. “So that everybody was in a good place and is as safe and as happy as they can be.”

It’s Monday and another great training session with @DanielLavipour under the belt for the squad #GunShow pic.twitter.com/jmhDeptP2u

With her players being situated in different parts of England, and the world, Bird and her management team have set about supporting them as completely as possible.

“We train together at the same time every day [via ZOOM],” she said. “Knowing that I’m going to be able to see the squad is great and it just helps to lift everybody.

“We’ve gone back to a pre-season eight-week programme. Our S&C lead Dan Lavipour has set it so we alternate between strength sessions and conditioning sessions each day so that the players aren’t getting too fatigued.

“On top of that, they’ve got a wall-work programme, a shooting programme and we’ve given them a rehab programme as well. Lots of athletes normally have niggles which they play through during seasons so we’re giving them a chance to use this time to finally settle them.”

In addition to ensuring that players stay as fit as they can, and connect during training time, Pulse’s WhatsApp group is constantly pinging with messages and the TikTok charge is being led by Burger and Thomas on the dancing front!

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For the head coach it’s not just about staying on top of everything related to players’ athletic capabilities though. It’s also about continuing to support them in other aspects of her lives – this is something she has always done and her younger players in particular spoke about during pre-season.

“We’ve set up welfare calls on a rota with our players, so I speak to three of them every evening to check in,” Bird said.

“As you can imagine there have been lots of different things that have been worrying athletes; some are at university, some are worried about their jobs, Monique [Thompson] is a healthcare worker and some are studying.

“It’s been good for us just to be able to really help them, signpost any proper advice and guidance and make sure that they’re following the government advice and guidance.

“We’re making sure that they’re doing right thing by staying at home and are trying to ensure that they’re still feeling really supported by the club.

It’s a genuine passion of mine to be supportive of my players, I care about my players and it’s even more important to be able to support them at the moment.

Samantha Bird – London Pulse head coach

The head coach is doing all of this to support her players whilst being part of a busy family unit with her husband, mum, two children and two dogs all living under the same roof right now.

“Normally I have a dog walker and I didn’t want to stop paying them, so I’m paying the dog walkers not to walk the dogs so that I can,” she said.

“I didn’t want to leave other people short and it’s things like that I believe you should do the right thing when you can.”

Monopoly, Risk and teaching the children a game or two with a deck of playing cards are all on the agenda within the Bird household as well as keeping her wider netball family, happy and content.

“I think the culture that we’ve been able to put in place [at Pulse] and the positivity that we have amongst the group is just growing really. We’re using this time for that to continue to grow and enjoy being part of the club.

“Every player I coach and work with, I want them to reach their potential for their own sake. There are a lot of very ambitious athletes with our group and I want them to try and reach the highest honours that they can.

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Adam Sandler and Jimmy Fallon Perform "Don’t Touch Grandma" To Promote Safe Social Distancing

Adam Sandler “popped in” to see Jimmy Fallon on Monday for the second time in a week to perform a “quarantine song.” In his first performance on April 3, Sandler rocked out on an electric guitar and thanked essential workers around the world for their hard work. He also poked fun at himself, and the absurdity of home schooling his children, singing, “I’m teaching maths to my kids and that can’t be good for America.”

This time around, Fallon jumped on the guitar to sing a duet that stressed the importance of not hanging out with grandma, and practicing safe social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the joke-y, light-hearted song, Fallon and Sandler suggest learning to play Canasta across the room, and assure you that you’ll still get a whiff of that comforting grandma smell from six feet away. You can catch the full song in the video above.

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Coronavirus – what happens in intensive care? Boris Johnson in ICU with COVID-19 infection

Coronavirus is an infectious disease which has been confirmed in more than one million individuals across the world, and now Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted into intensive care, after his condition deteriorated.

Intensive care is reserved for patients that require more direct treatment.

It’s usually used for a variety of reasons, including road traffic accidents, or recovery after invasive surgery.

But, following the coronavirus outbreak, it’s now predominantly made up of COVID-19 patients that require help with their breathing.

Johnson is believed to be struggling with his breathing, but is yet to be on a ventilator.

There are lots of different treatments in an ICU, but patients tend to start by using a continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP).

Patients can be happily awake for this treatment, which us simply a mask that gently pushes oxygen into the airways.

But, those on a ventilator will need to be sedated, as the machine practically takes over the patient’s breathing.

Generally, people in an ICU will be hooked up to a variety of machines to monitor their progress.

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Once the patient is well enough, they’ll be moved out of the ICU and into a regular ward.

Intensive care has fewer patients that wards, and a higher staff to patient ratio.

The coronavirus outbreak is expected to trigger a sharp rise in the normal of patients requiring ICU treatment.

The new NHS Nightingale Hospital, was was opened last week at London’s ExCel Centre, has 4,000 intensive care beds available.


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The Prime Minister was moved into intensive care on monday night, after his coronavirus symptoms “worsened”, Downing Street confirmed.

He hasn’t been put on a ventilator, but is believed to have been given oxygen.

A 10 Downing Street statement read: “The Prime Minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus.

“Over the course of [Monday] afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive care unit at the hospital.”


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More than 50,000 people in the UK have tested positive for coronavirus, according to latest government figures.

Of the 51,608 confirmed cases, 5,373 people have died from the infection.

Everyone has been told to remain at home to avoid spreading the infection.

You should only leave your home to go food or medicine shopping, for medical help, traveling to and from work – where absolutely necessary – and for one form of exercise every day.

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WildBrain TV Appoints VP Channel & Curation; Federation’s ‘Find Me In Paris’ Sells To Japan; AMC Launches Portugal Lifestyle Channel – Global Briefs

Canada-based WildBrain Television has named Katie Wilson as VP Channels and Curation. Wilson joins from Corus Entertainment where she spent six years as Director of Programming. Based in Toronto, Wilson will be responsible for content and providing editorial direction across WildBrain’s Family Channel, Family CHRGD, Family Jr. and Télémagino and its multiplatform/VOD extensions. She will report to Deirdre Brennan, Executive Vice President of Content Partnerships at WildBrain.

Japanese Broadcaster NHK has struck a deal with Paris-based Federation Entertainment for the first season of tween TV series Find Me In Paris, which follows Lena Grisky, a time-travelling ballet dancer from 1905 Russia trapped in modern day Paris. It will air on NHK’s E-TELE channel on April 10. The show was produced by Cottonwood Media with ZDF, ZDF Enterprises, Be-Films, and the Opera National de Paris. It has three season to date and has sold into 130 countries and currently broadcasts in 80 territories worldwide.

AMC Networks International Southern Europe is teaming with NOS, the subscription market leader in Portugal, to launch Casa e Cozinha (Home & Kitchen), a lifestyle channel managed through Dreamia, a joint venture in Portugal owned by the two companies. Marking AMC’s first lifestyle network in the Portuguese language, it will be available from April 8 and will feature more than 300 hours of programming, including original local productions. It will initially be available through NOS before expanding to other operators in Portugal.

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Aldi is selling a 10ft inflatable swimming pool – and you can buy it online – The Sun

ALDI is selling a massive 10ft inflatable swimming pool for your garden and you can buy it online.

The discounter's large paddling pool costs £29.99 and it even comes with free delivery.

The Intex easy set inflatable pool measures 305cm wide – or 10ft – by 76cm – 2.5ft – tall.

The supermarket says that the blow up swimmer inflates in around 10 seconds although it is a two-man job to set it up.

It also comes with a double valve and a repair kit that you can use to fix it incase anything happens to it.

The pool could provide an ideal way to keep the children entertained during the good weather while in lockdown, if you're fortunate enough to have a garden.

At just under £30, it's a pretty good deal. We found the same pool available to buy from a few other retailers but none as cheap as Aldi.

It costs £65.99 on Amazon with free delivery, while Splash and Relax are selling it for £44.99.

The pool is only available to purchase via its website here and you won't be able to find them in stores.

Normally, Aldi charges £2.95 for standard delivery but it's free for orders over £20.

Standard delivery usually takes between three and five working days although it may take longer under the current coronavirus circumstances.

Of course, the pool is a Specialbuy, which means that stock is limited and it won't be replaced once it's sold out.

Aldi recently removed a four item limit on nappies, beer, wine and spirits as shoppers stop stockpiling essential goods.

Morrisons and Asda followed the discounter's lead and have also eased restrictions on some items.

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Coronavirus: Patient sends chilling warning to PM about intensive care – ‘Horrendous’

Coronavirus is an infectious disease which has been confirmed in more than one million individuals across the world. One patient has explained what happens in an intensive care unit (ICU), as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s condition deteriorates, and is admitted into intensive care.

A man that’s survived coronavirus has described his experience in intensive care, after he was admitted into an ICU over COVID-19 symptoms.

Matt Dockray was discharged from hospital three weeks after he first fell ill.

He explained the process of being admitted into an ICU, and the exact treatment that patients will receive.

Dockray described the experience as “horrendous”, and “one of the most horrible experiences you’ll go through”.

“There’s no way of describing it. Personally, it was a horrendous experience,” Dockray told ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

“I know a lot of the doctors are trained for this, but as a patient, as an individual, it’s one of the most horrible experiences you’ll go through, because you’re fighting for yourself.

“You can have all of the oxygen that you need, but now we’re aware of how this progresses, it is a horrible, horrible experience.

“It’s very lonely, you don’t have your friends and family there. You don’t have that emotional support that you rely on in your hardest times.”

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Dockray also explained the process of treatment in an ICU.

Pumping more oxygen into the body is the primary objective for patients that have difficulty breathing, owing to COVID-19, he said.

“Like the doctors have said, the main thing is about getting oxygen into your system,” said the former patient.

“I can only talk about my experience, and I’m assuming that Boris is at that same stage now.


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“They register your oxygen levels, and they start getting critically low, so they’ve got to get as much oxygen in you as possible.

“They start with the regular masks that you see, and then they try using all different contraptions and different ways of getting 100 per cent oxygen into you.

“At this point, I was on a non-invasive-type ventilator. It puts pressurised warm oxygen into you, which stabilises you, and puts you at a point where your lungs are starting to retain some of that oxygen.

“If that works, it’s brilliant because it stabilises you. It gets the oxygen you need in your body to keep going and going. But that’s what it’s down to – you’re trying to get as much oxygen in while keeping that will power and staying positive.”


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The Prime Minister was moved into intensive care on monday night, after his coronavirus symptoms “worsened”, Downing Street confirmed.

He hasn’t been put on a ventilator, but is believed to have been given oxygen.

A 10 Downing Street statement read: “The Prime Minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus.

“Over the course of [Monday] afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive care unit at the hospital.”

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