All non-essential shops in Wales will be able to re-open from Monday as part the biggest unlocking of the coronavirus regulations to date, First Minister Mark Drakeford announced.
Stores in England and Northern Ireland are already open, following the easing of lockdown restrictions in other parts of the country. Stores in Scotland will join Wales in reopening next week.
Safety measures will include a staggered entry system to enable social distancing, hand sanitiser facilities throughout stores and more frequent cleaning routines.
Peter Jelkeby, Country Retail Manager and Chief Sustainability Officer, UK and Ireland for IKEA said:
“Our stores in England and Northern Ireland are now open and we’ll be opening our stores in Scotland and Wales from 22nd June.
”Of course, the safety of our customers and co-workers remains the highest priority so we have been working hard to welcome you back safely.
“We’ve introduced new measures so you can enjoy a safe and comfortable shopping experience.
“Due to the need to limit the number of customers in store at once, please expect longer waiting times and consider the weather for your trip, as you may need to queue outside.
“We hope to be saying a socially-distanced ‘hej’ to you soon.”
The Scandinavian chain’s nearest branch is based at Pincents Kiln Industrial Park, Theale, Reading, RG31 7SD.
It will be open from 10am until 8pm from Monday to Saturday, and on Sundays it is open 11am to 5pm.
There will be a staggered entry system to avoid having too many people in the store at once.
IKEA are asking for shoppers to shop alone, with only one other member of your household permitted if you require ‘special assistance’. There will also be a queuing system outside of the store to manage entry.
The store is putting additional cleaning and safety measures in place, with hand sanitiser stations available for people to use. They are also asking that you come prepared with ready made lists and bags. Only card payments will be permitted also, no cash.
People should wear face masks and sanitize their hands upon entering.
There will also be social distancing wardens to help customers and ensure everyone is following social distancing measures.
The IKEA restaurant also won’t be open.