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Ikea and Boots beauty halls to reopen today — with sanitising stations and couples banned


RETAIL giants are set to start trading again — with a range of new safety measures in place.

Ikea is reopening 19 of its stores today, with new rules to ensure staff and shoppers are kept safely apart.

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The Swedish furniture giant temporarily closed all 22 stores on March 22.

Ikea’s new rules include “social distance wardens” who will be on patrol making sure shoppers are staying apart and know their way around its new one-way system.

And families have been banned from shopping.

Only one adult and one child per household are allowed inside.

Play areas and restaurants will also remain shut, but shoppers can still get their hands on the store’s meatballs, which are now available in food courts to cook at home.

And Boots is beginning to reopen beauty halls with a number of new rules.

Counter staff will still be able to give make-up advice, but cannot touch shoppers.

Other changes include no testers for make-up and perfumes.

And beauty staff will be wearing gloves and face visors.

There will also be hand sanitising stations to ensure that customers can stay safe.

A Honda store in Surrey is one of many gearing up to open following the announcement car sales showrooms are allowed to reopen from today.

The dealership in Ottershaw has put some strict social distancing measures in place, with reduced cars on show to allow distancing — along with rigorous cleaning schedules.


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