Hundreds of shoppers lined up outside the Warrington IKEA store today on the last Sunday before tighter coronavirus restrictions hit the area.A queue system consisting of barriers was set up outside the store where customers had to wait around 30 minutes to enter.
Staff ensured that all customers in the queue were kept away from each other and that security measures were followed.
Scenes today were similar to those seen in June when non-essential stores were allowed to reopen after the nationwide lockdown.
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Back then, wait times to get in were much higher with reports of customers lining up for hours.
This weekend is expected to be the last before the government introduces a new three-tier lockdown system, according to reports.
It is believed that an announcement will be made tomorrow and the Liverpool city area may face more restrictions with pubs and bars closing next week.
Queues have also formed outside supermarkets over the weekend, with Sainsbury’s Great Homer Street store asking customers to shop on their own whenever possible.
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There is no indication at this point that non-essential stores will be ordered to close again due to future lockdown restrictions. Retailers are asking buyers not to panic and insist that there is enough stock for everyone.
It is important to remember that a face mask should be worn when visiting a store, unless you are medically exempt.