Winnipeggers flock to IKEA on reopening day

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WINNIPEG –
IKEA Winnipeg officially reopened on Tuesday and the people of Winnipeg have lined up to get new furniture.

The shopping experience will not be the same as what many are used to, as the store has implemented new health and safety measures, including physical distance guidelines, a limit on the number authorized visitors and hand sanitizer throughout the building.

Jordan was one of the first people to come to the store on Tuesday morning and said things were very different inside.

“Super regulated, you had to follow the arrows, you couldn’t really go fast to the bottom. Follow the arrows, there were only two ways, “he said.

Jordan added that he has been waiting for about two weeks for the store to reopen and said he is having a hard time trying to place orders online.

People could be seen standing up and down the line weaving back and forth outside the store.

One customer, Abby, said it looked like a range for a fun ride.

Other customers with whom CTV News spoke said the line was moving fairly quickly.

Although open, the furniture store still recommends that people shop online, check inventory availability and plan specific purchases.

The restaurant and indoor play area will remain closed, and those who want food from the IKEA Bistro can only order takeout.

– With CTV Mason DePatie files

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