Ikea is set to reopen 19 stores across England and Northern Ireland from 1 June with a new series of safety measures to ensure social distancing, the retailer has announced.

The homeware chain has said social distancing wardens will patrol each store to make sure rules are being followed and the number of customers will be limited to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.

However, stores in Scotland, Wales and Ireland will remain closed, in line with government guidance.

Ikea voluntarily closed its stores in March before the UK government’s lockdown was announced due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

To ensure stores do not become too busy, the retailer said a “staggered entry system” and restricted car parking would be introduced, with only one adult and one child per household permitted in-store at any one point.

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