Austin-area IKEA opens with built-in measures to combat COVID-19

As they say in Sweden: “Vi är öppna!” (Thanks, Google Translate.) After closing in March in response to the pandemic, IKEA’s Texan stores, including the Round Rock location, have reopened. The Swedish furniture brand announced the news last week along with new protocols to combat the spread of COVID-19.

As with anything reopening amid a global pandemic, the IKEA Round Rock shopping experience will be different. In a June 3 press release, the company announced its “enhanced security measures as directed by the CDC and government agencies”. This contains:

  • physical distancing

  • preventive hygiene practices

  • Temperature tests for workers

  • “strict” cleaning and disinfection practice

  • Compliance with strict capacity limits

This also means that the on-site restaurants and Småland, the children’s playground in the shop, will remain closed. However, the bistro is still open for take-away meals and items can still be bought in the Swedish food market.

IKEA warns that in the wake of the pandemic, the store will adjust its public safety measures accordingly.

“In this rapidly changing environment, we will continue to regularly evaluate all of our actions to ensure we are making the right decisions for our employees and customers, with safety always our top priority,” the release notes read.

In addition to Live Oak, IKEA’s Live Oak (San Antonio), Frisco (DFW), Grand Prairie (DFW) and Houston stores have also reopened.

IKEA Round Rock is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Special hours for seniors and customers at risk take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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