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England is entering a four-week lockdown on Thursday, November 5. During the first lockdown, people decided to get stuck into some DIY and improved their homes. Plenty of people will be thinking of doing the same this time around. A trip to IKEA is always a good idea when doing up your home because you can get all of your furniture and homeware in one place. You can even tuck into some Swedish meatballs if you get peckish. But will IKEA close in the second lockdown?
From Thursday, England is going into lockdown.
Just like the first lockdown, people are being encouraged to stay at home unless they have a specific reason for going out.
For example, you can leave to go to work or school, but you cannot visit restaurants or bars.
In fact, pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops will close for at least four weeks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday.
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Supermarkets and pharmacies will be allowed to trade, and banks and post offices will remain open.
However, the new rules are closing non-essential shops such as clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops.
The Government hasn’t clarified exactly what shops will be forced to close, but it is likely to follow March’s lockdown model.
Back in March, furniture stores such as IKEA were closed during lockdown and only opened again in June.
The stores that were reopened during the first lockdown included:
- Petrol stations
- Pet shops
- Takeaways and food deliveries
- Health shops
- Medical services ie dentists
- Hardware stores
- Garden centres
- Retail shops in hospitals
- Petrol stations
- Bicycle shops
- Laundrettes and dry cleaners
- Banks, building societies
- Short-term loan providers, credit unions and ATM machines
- Storage and distribution centres
- Post Offices
- Car rental services and car parks near vital services such as supermarkets
- Public toilets
- Food banks and shelters
- Car garages and repair shops
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Will IKEA close in the second lockdown?
Gov.UK states that a full list of the business closures will be published and set out in law.
For the time being, we can assume that IKEA will be closing for the lockdown.
As a furniture store, IKEA is not thought of as providing essential goods and services.
However, the Government has stated that non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.
IKEA closed its store in Cardiff, Wales when the country started its firebreak on Friday, October 23.
The site reads: “Following the Government’s announcement to increase the COVID-19 restrictions in Wales, our IKEA Cardiff store will temporarily close to customers from 6pm on Friday, October 23.
“You can still shop online during this time.
“All our deliveries will be contact-free. We hope to be saying a socially-distanced ‘hej’ to you again soon.”
There are 27 Ikea stores in the UK, and 17 of them are in England and expected to be closed from Thursday.
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