IKEA Netherlands will reopen its 13 stores following a 6-week coronavirus-related shutdown on Tuesday 28th April. There will be certain limitations placed on customers…
The popular Swedish flat-pack furnishings retailer had closed its stores in the Netherlands in mid-March as a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus based on the Dutch government directive. The webshop remained active, however, and many store employees were reassigned to assist with the fulfillment of increased online orders.
According to the notice posted on the IKEA Netherlands website, a ‘responsible’ reopening of stores to the public will begin on Tuesday 28th April. Among the physical changes to stores are plexiglass dividers between cashiers/customer service desk workers and customers.
CHANGES TO SHOPPING IN STORES
Some of the requirements and limitations shoppers will face are:
- – A limited number of customers in the store at any given time.
- – A maximum of 2 people can shop together as a group.
- – Inspiration rooms will be limited to 1 person at a time.
- – Contact-less payment methods are preferred (PIN card, credit card, smartphone).
- – 1-on-1 advice consultations will not be offered.
- – Hand sanitizer will be available at dispensers throughout the store.
- – Customers and employees are required to stay at least 1.5 meters from each other.
- – The Smaland kids play area and restaurant will not be open.
- – Shoppers are requested to determine their needs prior to arrival in order to expedite their visit.
- – Customers with a cold or flu symptoms are asked not to visit the store.