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We're Open, Sort Of: Responsibly Reopening Our Retail Stores in Australia / New Zealand

It’s been a crazy time to say the least.

But it seems like good news is starting to balance out the bad news. And that’s why I’m writing today.

The good news is we’re open! Ok – what does that really mean? It means that some of our Burton stores are open again to see you in person. And those stores are taking extensive safety precautions that align with national and local guidelines to make sure you feel comfortable dropping by. It means that some of our incredible retail employees are coming back to work to help you in real life (wearing masks of course). It means that if a Burton store near you isn’t physically open right now due to local #stayhome orders, we’re still open to talk to you on via our local guides. It also means we’re open again to help with your returns and warranty questions. If all this openness worries you a bit and you’d feel more comfortable with curbside pickup, free delivery service or just ordering via, we’re open to that too.

Our founder Jake Burton always said, ‘Have as much fun as possible’. That’s been tough lately with all the heartbreaking news of loss and illness that many of us have personally experienced. But fun is essential too – it gives us the positive energy needed to get through the tough times. Burton is here to help you have as much healthy fun as you possibly can by providing the gear to get you outside. Maybe that means gearing up for a socially distanced spring session at Mt. Hood, which just opened up again. Or going on a hike with your family and packing one of our cooler bags. Fun is definitely possible, even now, and we know that’s what Jake would want us all to be doing.

So come see us if you can – either in person or online. And if you do drop by, please let us know what you think, what’s working and what’s not. This is all new to us too, so we’re learning right here with you.

Last but not least, thank you for sticking with Burton. Your notes of support around our efforts to get PPE to frontline workers kept us going during long days and sleepless nights when this all first started.

Here’s to a healthy dose of fun,

John Lacy
Burton CEO

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John Lacy and his family in front of the Burton Burlington Flagship Store.
Keeping a safe distance and face masks all around.

Top Safety Procedures to Keep Everyone Safe:

Now that you know your safety and the safety of our employees is our top priority, we have some more specific details to share on how. We will continue to review and update our protocols on an ongoing basis to ensure we're always following best practices.

Handwashing is required for employees, and we'll have free hand sanitizer for customers. All Burton employees are required to wash or sanitize their hands frequently and after any interaction with a customer. We'll also have convenient hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the store.

Employees and customers must maintain social distancing of 6 feet / 2 meters at all times. We'll have signs in-store to remind you, but if you need help visualizing, that's longer than a snowboard. We'll be following local rules for store occupancy to allow space for social distancing, and if the limit is reached, customers will need to wait outside spacing themselves six feet apart.

Transactions will minimize contact. We're expanding our services to take orders over the phone and have your items waiting for you in a designated pickup area. For any in-store shopping, we'll be recommending cashless payment when possible, and the floor will be marked so customers and employees can maintain their distance.

All high touchpoint areas will be disinfected every hour. This means the counters, all doorknobs/handles and doors, and hand sanitizer dispensers, to name a few. Other parts of the store will be disinfected every three hours, including light switches, shelf surfaces, and more.

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Right when you walk in, you'll notice a hand sanitizer dispenser stationed at the store entrance, and several throughout the store.
Counters, doorknobs and handles are disinfected every hour
Opening soon!

Wondering whether your local store is currently open?

Here's our current statement on COVID-19. Please continue to follow your state's guidelines, and as always, you can contact our Burton Guide Team with any questions, including more information on how and when to shop at your local Burton store.

Australia/New Zealand Store Updates:

  • Burton Store Queenstown, New Zealand: Phone orders and in-store pickup offered. Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm.
  • Burton Store Thredbo, Australia: Opening June 22nd. Opening Hours: 8:30am to 5:30pm