Quick shopping before the stores have to close their doors for six weeks: there are long queues for non-essential stores at various places in the country. Just like after the previous lockdown, it is mainly chains such as Ikea, Action and Primark that are used.
It has been very busy at Ikea in Zaventem since this morning: customers are waiting far in the parking lot to shop one last time before the store has to close its doors. “Zaventem is indeed the frontrunner at the moment”, IKEA spokeswoman Julie Stordiau says. “We don’t know why. Apparently, the people in that region still need office supplies for working from home more than elsewhere. Because that is what is mainly sold. There are traffic jams at the other branches, but not as big as in Zaventem. We have not even been able to count the number of participants anymore. ”
It is also busy at other Ikea stores, such as in Antwerp. “IKEA takes precautions anyway. “We call on us to respect each other and our employees and we ask for patience. We will keep a close eye on the number of m2 per customer. Normally there is the rule of 10 m2 per customer, but to ensure a smooth flow we are going to use 20 m2 in the shops today. So fewer customers will be allowed in depending on the surface area. Each store determines this itself depending on how busy it is, ”says Stordiau.
Since this morning, there has also been a long queue of customers at the Action on Hasseltweg in Genk who want to fill their basket one more time. Genk is not alone: the Actions in Schoten, Beringen, Tongeren and Pelt also require a long queue. There are also queues for the Primark clothing chain in Hasselt and Antwerp. Action and Primark do not have a webshop, and it is not yet clear whether collection will be possible in the next six weeks.
After this weekend, non-essential stores will have to close – there is only the option to organize takeout. That is why queues are also expected at garden centers, do-it-yourself stores, furniture stores and toy stores during the day. At the Lego store in the Wijnegem Shopping Center, for example, it takes a long time to queue.
It remains to be seen for the time being which of these stores will be allowed to remain open. On Saturday evening, a ministerial decree would be published that clarifies which stores may still be open.
The experts are now concerned about these queues. “We can turn the tide, but then we have to stick to the rules. We absolutely must not cut corners now. When I see that there are already long queues at the shops, I think ‘don’t do that right now’ ”, says infectiologist Erika Vlieghe.
Bart De Wever, mayor of Antwerp, also calls for strict compliance with the measures. “For many, it may be their last chance to go shopping this weekend,” he says. “In addition, tomorrow will be shopping Sunday in Antwerp and all shops in the historic center will be open. May I therefore ask everyone, with urge, to strictly follow all corona rules regarding shopping. Do not come with more people than allowed, keep your distance and wear a mouth mask. The police will check this extra this weekend ”, he told Gazet van Antwerpen.
These were the details of the news Long queues for Ikea, Action, Primark and other shop … for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.
It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at news1.news and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.