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Masks now mandatory at both Ikea stores in Metro Vancouver

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Face masks are now mandatory for shoppers at Ikea stores in Metro Vancouver. Richmond News file photo

Face masks are now mandatory at all Ikea stores in B.C.

Ikea Canada says the new policy – which kicked in Aug. 31 – applies to all customers and visitors entering the store, and came into effect for Winnipeg customers that same date.

“With this announcement, Ikea now requires mandatory masks or face coverings at all stores across the country,” reads a statement from Ikea Canada.

“Throughout the ongoing situation with COVID-19, we continue to monitor and seek guidance from local authorities and health officials.”

However, people who can’t wear a mask or face covering for medical reasons as well as children under the age of two are exempt from the new policy.

Ikea Canada says mandatory masks are in addition to other preventative health and safety measures implemented at its stores to ensure physical distancing and the safety of customers and staff. 

In Metro Vancouver, Ikea has store locations in Coquitlam and Richmond. 

Ikea joins a growing list of Canadian retailers with mandatory mask policies, including Loblaw Inc. brands No Frills and Real Canadian SuperStore, TJX Companies (HomeSense, Winners, Marshalls) and Walmart Canada. Recently Whole Foods and Starbucks Canada have announced in-store mask mandates for shoppers.

With additional reporting from Vancouver Is Awesome

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