The hard lockdown ends on Monday, trade and schools are allowed to unlock completely. At Ikea they have taken precautions against a rush.
“We look forward to welcoming you again with a smile under the FFP2 mask,” said furniture giant Ikea at the lockdown opening on Monday. But how can you cope with the possible crowds and avoid crowds? “We have provided additional security for your Ikea visit,” the company says. Although the furniture stores are opening, the customer restaurants and café bars will remain closed for the time being.
There are already security measures in front of the entrance: They rely on a “visitor counting system with which we can control the flow of visitors”. The security staff will also be strengthened, and the company also asks for understanding that longer waiting times may arise. In the furniture store itself, “a large number” of posters and floor markings refer to the COVID-19 measures, which can also be heard through the loudspeakers, it is said.
The “hotspots” such as advice stations and cash registers were also protected with Plexiglas panes. Ikea itself assumes great customer interest from Monday: “If your visit to us can be postponed by a few days, we will be all the more pleased” to be able to welcome the customer, it says on the website. Wearing an FFP2 mask in the furniture store itself is mandatory in all cases. “In exceptional cases” they are also available free of charge on site.
It is also pointed out that there is no entry without an FFP2 mask, even with a certificate. “Should you not be able to wear an FFP2 mask, we ask you to postpone your visit. We ask for your understanding. We do this out of consideration and for the protection of our many employees and visitors. So we stay attentive together. We offer a variety of alternatives from services to – online shop, telephone ordering, click and collect etc “, according to the company.