Ikea

  1. Ikea store reopens with long queues

    Furniture and home furnishings giant Ikea has reopened its Milton Keynes store for the first time since lockdown - with long queues already forming.

    The store, close to Bletcham Way, is one of 19 in England being reopened by the Swedish firm.

    Social distancing measures will be in place for shoppers who brave the queues, but the stores restaurant and children's play area remain closed.

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  2. Ikea to reopen 19 stores in England and N Ireland

    A German Ikea worker uses a hand sanitiser dispenser

    Ikea will reopen 19 stores across England and Northern Ireland from 1 June, with new safety measures to ensure social distancing, the Swedish retailer says.

    The homewares chain said social distancing wardens will patrol the stores and the number of customers will be limited.

    Stores in Scotland, Wales and Ireland will remain closed, in line with government coronavirus guidance.

    Restaurants and play areas will remain closed, but the food market will reopen for customers to make food like Swedish meatballs at home.

    Ikea stores have reopened in several European countries including Belgium, Switzerland and Germany.

  3. Coronavirus testing centre opens in Ikea car park

    The NHS has started testing frontline workers and social care staff for coronavirus at a drive-through facility in Gateshead.

    The centre in the Ikea car park is by invitation-only for staff who are self-isolating because they think they may have the virus or have a family member who does.

    Testing centre in Ikea car park

    Initially there will be about 50 tests per day, rising to 300, with results back in two to three days.

    A member of staff hands a first aid kit to a colleague at the coronavirus testing centre which has been set up for the testing of NHS staff at Ikea in Gateshead.

    An Ikea spokesperson said: "We are enormously proud of the NHS and proud to support them and the government in this small way. We will continue to support them in the best way we can."

    Testing centre in Ikea car park