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The Swedish furniture giant will open its doors to customers when the stringent measures come into effect – because household goods are still considered an indispensable retail outlet in Scotland

On Saturday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tightened the restrictions around Christmas, which means that families can only meet up to three households and eight people on Christmas Day

And she said that all of mainland Scotland will be able to do so from Jan. December would fall under the fourth tier restrictions, meaning all non-essential businesses will have to close and pubs and restaurants will also close – but takeaway is still allowed

Ikea will be closing stores in South East England, London and Wales The delivery and click and pick-up services will be retained

The three Scottish Ikea locations – Glasgow, Edinburgh and the collection point in Aberdeen – remain open

An IKEA spokesperson thanked customers and staff for their support during the pandemic, adding, “Since the initial lockdown, we have made every effort to keep our customers and employees safe and to allow our customers to continue shopping in a new and convenient way

“According to government guidelines, our branches in London, Lakeside, Milton Keynes, Reading and Cardiff are now closed to customers, but will continue to operate Click & Collect, Home Delivery and Click & Deliver services for DPD points

“In Scotland, where housewares are a must-see retail store and conform to the rules of travel, we will remain open to customers and employees with extensive security measures

“With home life more important than ever, we look forward to continuing to serve our customers’ needs in store or through our digital channels”

In June, hundreds of shoppers across Scotland stood in line when Ikea stores reopened for the first time in three months

In Edinburgh, the store has a capacity of just 450 people, which is a quarter of the number of shoppers who can normally take it without social distancing, with metal barriers and yellow dots showing people where to line up while maintaining social distancing , and some shoppers wore face masks to prepare for surfing

Level 4 Scotland

World News – UK – Ikea stores in Scotland will remain open with Level 4 restrictions starting on Boxing Day