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Lengthy queues as Ikea in Belfast reopens

Long queues at Ikea in Belfast this morning. Picture by Hugh Russell
 

Hundreds of people queued outside Ikea in Belfast this morning as the Swedish retailer opened its doors for the first time in months.

The outlet at Holywood Exchange in the east of the city reopened following an easing of lockdown restrictions.

Long queues had formed before the store opened its doors at 9am.

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The Belfast store is one of 19 Ikea outlets reopening across Northern Ireland and England from today.

Social distancing wardens are patrolling the store to help shoppers and ensure they keep their distance.

Long queues at Ikea in Belfast this morning. Picture by Hugh Russell
 

But families are banned. Ikea said it will only allow one adult and one child per household inside the store at any one point.

Customers have been urged to come prepared with lists and their own bags.

The outlet's play area and restaurant is also shut, although the bistro area is offering a food takeaway service.

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