IKEA Canada Is Reopening Stores With New Safety Measures

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If you’ve been missing your shopping sprees at IKEA, you’re not alone but obviously our health and the health of others come before chic build-your-own furniture. Now that Ontario retailers with street entrances are allowed to reopen for business, that means IKEA is back on our radar for all of our homey needs.

IKEA Canada has begun to reopen 14 of its Canadian stores with enhanced health and safety measures for staff and customers.

“As we begin to reopen store locations in certain markets, our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our co-workers, customers and communities,” said Michael Ward, CEO and Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Canada. “We will continue to act in a responsible way and before making any decisions to open our doors, we have taken steps to ensure our health and safety measures are secured.” 

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Like many other businesses that are reopening, a major focus is on physical distancing and enhanced cleaning and sanitation and IKEA is no different.

These health and safety measures include:

  • Strict physical distancing guidelines, a minimum of two-metres apart, including floor decals for lineups
  • Limiting the number of visitors overall and maintaining a strict capacity in select areas
  • Frequent sanitization and cleaning of units and surfaces including carts (after every use)
  • Personal protective equipment for co-workers
  • Separation screens around cash registers and customer service points;
  • Hand sanitizer throughout and clear information on preventive hygiene methods to minimize the potential risk of infection
  • Health and safety requirements for co-workers and third-party vendors, including a temperature check when they enter the building

IKEA is asking all customers to be extra mindful of these guidelines during these first few weeks and to also plan their shopping in advance if possible. That means making sure their closest store has what they want in stock, shopping at off-peak hours (i.e. not on weekends!), and only touching what they intend to buy.

“We believe that health and safety is our shared responsibility and we thank our customers for doing their part,” said Michael Ward, CEO and Chief Sustainability Officer. 

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IKEA continues to offer Click & Collect and delivery for anyone who isn’t comfortable with wandering around the furniture chain’s giant showroom.

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