Ikea set to reopen Irish stores from Monday

The Swedish company said the safety of its staff and customers is paramount.

Ikea has announced that it will reopen its two Dublin outlets next week if the government decides to begin phase one of its roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions.

The Swedish company, which employs around 700 people across its two Irish stores, said they will be taking a number of measures to ensure the health and safety of its customers and staff.

“The health and safety of customers and co-workers remains our highest priority”

The measures include limiting the number of customers in-store at any one time, allowing two members maximum per group as well as cashless payment only.

A spokesperson from IKEA said; “We’re excited to be getting ready to welcome our co-workers and customers back into our Dublin store and OCP in Carrickmines. This is, as for other retailers, subject to approval for the first phase of lifting lockdown restrictions from the National Public Health Emergency Team and Government.

“The health and safety of customers and co-workers remains our highest priority.

“That’s why in-line with the Return to Work Safety Protocol, other official guidance, and learnings from the other countries in which IKEA operates, we have made extensive plans and will be adopting enhanced measures to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for customers and co-workers.”

Under the Government’s road map to reopening the Republic’s economy, retail outlets that are primarily outdoor, such as garden centres, hardware centres and farmers markets, can open from Monday 18th.

“We have made extensive plans and will be adopting enhanced measures to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for customers and co-workers”

Additionally, homeware stores, opticians, motor and bicycle repair outlets, office product stores, electrical, IT and phone sales and repair stores can reopen.

An estimated 1,500 retailers will reopen on 18 May, but some companies have already expressed concerns about managing the volume of customers due to pent up demand for their products.

By Stephen Larkin

Published: 14 May, 2020