When will Ikea open?

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At the end of February, Boris Johnson laid out his plans for the reopening of the UK after a third national lockdown. The Prime Minister set out his roadmap for the lifting of restrictions during a speech in the House of Commons on Monday, February 22. It was announced that non-essential shops would be able to open in the coming months, but when will Ikea reopen?

Non-essential retail is currently closed in the UK, and this includes furniture stores such as Ikea. 

The 21 Ikea stores in the UK – six in Scotland, one in Wales, one in Northern Ireland, and the rest in England, have been closed for all three national lockdowns, but Brits are eager to see doors reopen again soon. 

The homeware store has only been operating online for home deliveries and offering click and collect from all stores, minus the Belfast store. 

Boris Johnson’s latest announcement has revealed when Ikea may be able to open once more. 

The latest statement on IKEA’s website said: “We’re happy to tell you that we’re open online for contact-free home deliveries, as well as click and collect from all our stores except in Belfast, with thorough safety measures in place for both services.

“If you need additional help to make your interior dreams become a reality, explore our online planning services. 

“We want you to know that we’re all very much here to help make your everyday life at home just that bit nicer, so you can stay safe, cosy and comfy in 2021.”

When will IKEA reopen?

IKEA is considered to be non-essential retail, which means it won’t open until much later.

Boris Johnson’s lockdown announcement today revealed shops will get to reopen on April 12. 

Until then, IKEA will be able to continue operating its click and collect service and online delivery service.

March 8 marks the first step of the Government’s four step roadmap, with primary and secondary schools reopening on this date. 

As well as non-essential retail, gyms, hairdressers, and outdoor hospitality will also reopen from April 12 in five-week intervals. 

The ‘rule of six’ will be abolished outdoors from May 17 and replaced by a maximum gathering of 30 people at once. 

From May 17, two households will be able to meet indoors. Also in May, indoor hospitality, cinemas, hotels, performances, and sporting events will be able to restart.

Although the Government is stressing the motto “data not dates,” all measures could potentially be ended on June 21. 

Ikea has yet to release a statement on how it will be operating when the restrictions are lifted in April, but things won’t be completely normal.

When Ikea was open between lockdowns in 2020, customers were still required to wear masks, socially distance, and pay with card instead of cash.

It is unlikely that play areas in Ikea will reopen at the same time, but you may be able to get food to takeaway. Nothing is certain for the being though. 

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