Over 1,000 People Waited in Line to Shop at This Newly Reopened IKEA in England

Isabel Garcia
Photo credit: Christopher Furlong - Getty Images
Photo credit: Christopher Furlong - Getty Images

From House Beautiful

Need more proof that the world loves IKEA? How about these photos? As the home furnishings store reopens its doors abroad after temporarily closing due to the coronavirus pandemic, crowds of people across the pond are flocking to shop the home goods retailer in person.

Photo credit: PAUL ELLIS - Getty Images
Photo credit: PAUL ELLIS - Getty Images

Last week, enormous lines wrapped around IKEA parking lots in England and northern Ireland. Due to social distancing guidelines, only a limited number of shoppers were permitted to shop in the stores at one time. Signs in the parking lot at the the store in Warrington, England, asked customers to stay at least two meters apart at all times. To further curb the amount of people, only one adult and one child per household were allowed in, according to the BBC. In Warrington, people came three hours before the store opened at 9:00 a.m. to start lining up. At the Warrington and Wembley locations, more than a thousand people waited in line, the BBC reports.

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Photo credit: Niall Carson - PA Images - Getty Images
Photo credit: Christopher Furlong - Getty Images
Photo credit: Christopher Furlong - Getty Images
Photo credit: Christopher Furlong - Getty Images
Photo credit: Christopher Furlong - Getty Images
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Photo credit: Naomi Baker - Getty Images

Last Wednesday, IKEA announced that it would begin to reopen select stores in the United States with added safety protocols. Similar to the measures seen abroad, some of the new safety guidelines include physical distance guidance and strict capacity limits. There will also be temperature checks for workers and thorough cleaning and sanitization throughout the stores. IKEA is encouraging customers to listen local government safety guidelines, respect face covering guidance, and stay home if they're feeling sick.

While customers in the U.S. will soon be able to shop chic, reasonably priced furniture at the Swedish retailer, the IKEA Restaurant and children’s play area will remain closed. In the meantime, if you're craving IKEA's iconic Swedish meatballs, you can find the recipe here.

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