Some pretty big news has just been announced.
IKEA is set to reopen 19 of it's 22 UK stores starting on June 1.
After some extensive planning and discussions, the store says that social distancing measures will be put in place for the reopening after closing 22 stores because of the coronavirus lockdown.
Stores across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will reopen while stores in Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland will remain closed because of their own specific lockdown measures.
Part of the social distancing measures means that the restaurants, cafes, bistros and outside play areas for children will remain closed.
Here's the full list of measures announced.
- A limited numbers of customers will be allowed into shops; there will be a staggered entry system and restricted car parking spaces.
- Only one adult and one child per household will be permitted in-store at any one point.
- Social distance wardens will be in place throughout the store to help customers find their way round the new one-way system and ensure new social distancing measures are being followed.
- Customers are urged to come prepared with ready-made lists and their own bags.
- If customers need to make returns, they're being encouraged to do this at a later date if possible.
- Additional hand sanitiser facilities will be available and stores will be deep cleaned more regularly.
- There will be screens at key areas such as checkouts, service points and customer returns, to enable social distancing.
- Cashless payments only, by card and contactless.
- All play areas will remain closed, as will customer restaurants.
- The Swedish Food Market will be open, with the Bistro offering a takeaway service.
What do you think of this decision?
Are these safety measures enough?