Coronavirus: Ikea to start reopening shops

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Furniture big Ikea will open 19 of its shops throughout England and Northern Ireland on 1 June.

Seasoned Ikea buyers have been warned that the expertise could also be a “little different” within the period of coronavirus.

Only one grownup and one baby from a family shall be allowed in retailer at anyone time and one-way programs shall be put in place.

Shoppers have additionally been informed to come back armed with a well-prepared listing with merchandise numbers and their very own luggage.

The furnishings chain stated “social-distancing wardens” could be stationed all through shops to assist prospects navigate the brand new layouts.

As with different shops which have announce plans to reopen, Ikea stated solely a restricted variety of buyers could be allowed into its retailers once they reopen.

There shall be a staggered entry system in place and restrictions on automotive parking, it stated.

Screens shall be put in place at checkouts and additional hand sanitiser amenities shall be put in place, the chain promised.

All play areas and the eating places will stay closed.

“While the experience might be a little different to before – it’s the same Ikea,” Peter Jelkeby, the chain’s boss for the UK and Ireland, stated.

But Ikea stated shops in Wales, Scotland and Ireland will stay closed according to authorities recommendation.

The shops set to open on 1 June are:

  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Croydon
  • Exeter
  • Gateshead
  • Greenwich
  • Lakeside
  • Leeds
  • Manchester
  • Milton Keynes
  • Norwich
  • Nottingham
  • Reading
  • Sheffield
  • Southampton
  • Tottenham
  • Warrington
  • Wembley

In February, Ikea introduced that it’ll shut down its Coventry metropolis centre retailer this summer time, its first massive closure of a UK outlet.