These are the IKEA stores set to reopen today and the new rules shoppers will have to follow

IKEA is set to reopen 19 of its sites across England and Northern Ireland today (June 1) with new safety measures in place to ensure social distancing.

Monday, 1st June 2020, 8:58 am

The North West's Manchester and Warrington stores will reopen today along with sites across the country, including, Croydon, Greenwich, Lakeside, Wembley, Tottenham, Norwich collection point, Birmingham, Nottingham, Belfast, Gateshead, Leeds, Sheffield, Milton Keynes, Reading, Southampton, Bristol and Exeter.

Stores in Scotland, Wales and Ireland will remain closed in line with Government coronavirus guidance.

While the stores are set to reopen to shoppers, restaurants, play areas and crèche services will remain closed.

IKEA is set to reopen 19 of its stores today

If you were hoping to enjoy the companies famous meatballs, then you'll be please to know that the food market will reopen for customers to make the recipe at home.

The homeware chain has also introduced a number of safety measure for customers.

Shoppers will be asked to shop alone, and only bring one other person from the same household if special assistance is needed, or if you need to bring your children with you.

A queueing system will be in place outside to manage entry into the store, limiting the number of customers.

Social distancing wardens will patrol the stores to help customers stick to social distancing guidelines.

Hand sanitisers will be stationed throughout the stores, and protective screens have been installed at key points such as checkouts, where only cashless payments will be accepted.

The Swedish retail giant will be reopening its stores with reduced hours, opening weekend days and Saturdays 10am to 8pm, and Sundays 11am to 7pm. (Belfast opening hours are 12pm to 6pm)​