Ikea to ban families as it starts reopening from June 1

Shoppers and staff wear face masks in IKEA - which is reopening stores in England and Northern Ireland from June 1, 2020
Ikea will only allow one adult and one child per household at any one time (Picture: REX)

As the UK starts to gradually lift its lockdown, Ikea is set to reopen 19 stores across England and Northern Ireland from the beginning of next month.

However social distancing wardens will be on patrol to ensure shoppers keep their distance and families will be banned. The homewares giant says it will allow one adult and one child per household inside at any one time.

Play areas and restaurants will stay shut, but Ikea insists its meatballs will be available in food courts to cook at home. On reopening to the public, bosses said they aim to limit customer numbers via a staggered entry system and are asking shoppers to ‘come prepared with ready-made lists and own bags’.

Extra hand sanitiser and more deep cleans of bags, trolleys, bathrooms, equipment and touchscreens will take place. Click & Collect facilities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland opening in a phased approach and in line with Government guidelines.

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Cash will not be accepted, meaning all payments must be made by card or contactless devices. Customers should avoid travelling to stores just to process refunds. Ikea has pointed out it has a 365-day returns policy.

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The 19 stores reopening are Croydon, Greenwich, Lakeside, Wembley, Tottenham, Norwich collection point, Birmingham, Nottingham, Belfast, Manchester, Warrington, Gateshead, Leeds, Sheffield, Milton Keynes, Reading, Southampton, Bristol and Exeter.

A Customer visits an IKEA outlet in Vienna, Austria on May 2, 2020, after authorities eased down some of the measures that have been in place during the novel conronavirus COVID-19 pandemic crisis. - Austrian citizens are allowed to leave the house for non-essential trips as it eases coronavirus lockdown measures, but said limits on gatherings and social distancing rules would remain in place. From May 2, 2020, shopping centres, hairdressers and all shops with more than 400 square metres of sales area are allowed to reopen, including the major electrical retailers, fashion chains, furniture stores and sports equipment retailers. (Photo by HELMUT FOHRINGER / APA / AFP) / Austria OUT (Photo by HELMUT FOHRINGER/APA/AFP via Getty Images)
Strict social distancing guidelines will apply when the homewares giant reopens next month ([email protected] Getty Images/AFP)
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Isopix/REX (10642955h) IKEA prepares for this keeping social distancing rules in mind. IKEA employee sticks yellow circles to mark social distancing for the opening IKEA prepares for reopening, Anderlecht, Belgium - 08 May 2020
Social distancing markers will be put in place while wardens will patrol stores (Picture: REX)

Outlets in Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland will remain closed for the foreseeable future, the company added.

Ikea also revealed its Coventry store, which was already facing the axe, will remain closed permanently. Since the pandemic and subsequent closure, the chain’s car parks in Gateshead and Wembley have been turned into drive-through coronavirus testing sites.

Key workers were also allowed to shop in the Swedish Food Markets after being tested.

Ikea’s announcement follows pub giant JD Wetherspoon unveiling an £11 million plan to reopen 875 of its boozers from July at the earliest.

Meanwhile plans were announced for Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct and House of Fraser could reopen from June 1.

McDonald’sand KFC have reopened some of their drive throughs and delivery services while Pizza Express, Wagamama, Greggs and Subway all have similar plans.

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