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Masks now mandatory at Ikea in Coquitlam

Face masks are now mandatory at Ikea’s Coquitlam location. The policy also applies to the Richmond store and other B.C. locations. Ikea Canada says the new policy – which kicked in Aug. 31 – applies to all customers and visitors entering the store.
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Talks are back on between employees and management at the Richmond Ikea location where a labour dispute has been continued since May 2013.

Face masks are now mandatory at Ikea’s Coquitlam location.

The policy also applies to the Richmond store and other B.C. locations.

Ikea Canada says the new policy – which kicked in Aug. 31 – applies to all customers and visitors entering the store.

According to local media reports, Ikea's Winnipeg location was shut Aug. 29 after a staff person tested positive for COVID-19. Ikea has not yet responded to questions over whether the new policy is a reaction to the incident in Winnipeg.

“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. 

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