IKEA closes all UK stores in coronavirus emergency measures

IKEA is closing all its stores across the UK and Ireland as part of its emergency coronavirus measures.

The Swedish furniture giant will go online-only from Friday at 6pm, with customers still able to browse and buy items through the IKEA website or app.

However they're being warned to expect longer than normal delivery times due to high demand.

Peter Jelkeby, IKEA'S Country Retail Manager and Chief Sustainability Officer, said: "As a precautionary measure against the ongoing risk of COVID-19, we have decided that, at 6pm on Friday 20th March, we will temporarily close all the IKEA stores across the UK and Ireland to customers.

"You will continue to be able to browse and purchase our range online or through the app, and have our products delivered directly to you. You will also be able to request a contact-free delivery if you prefer.

Live updates on COVID-19 cases near you

England: 2,182

  • London: 953
  • South East: 285
  • Midlands: 234
  • North East and Yorkshire: 168
  • North West: 180
  • East of England: 128
  • South West: 117

Scotland: 227

Wales: 149

Northern Ireland: 68

"Co-workers are at the heart of the IKEA business and we are committed to supporting them in the best possible way during this complex and fast-evolving situation. We would like to thank our co-workers and partners for their dedication and hard work through these unprecedented times.

"Please note, however, due to high demand, we are experiencing longer delivery times than normal.

"We look forward to welcoming you back to our stores soon and we thank you for your understanding during these extraordinary circumstances."

IKEA had already closed the chain's signature restaurants and cafés to try and prevent the virus from spreading further.

It's unknown when the stores will re-open as the company, like the rest of the world, faces an uncertain future.

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