If you were hoping to pop into an Ontario IKEA store this week, you might want to wait until the hype dies down. Hundreds of eager shoppers were spotted lining up outside of the popular furniture store, which reopened its doors this week. So if you're looking to grab yourself a new couch, maybe do so online.
Over the week, images of massive crowds waiting outside various IKEAs began popping up on social media.
In the photos, long lines of people can be seen waiting both inside and outside of the store to get their hands on some new household goods.
It’s worth noting that most customers appear to be doing their part to keep their distance in some photos.
However, other shoppers claim that there was a lack of distancing while trying to shop throughout the store.
One Instagram user posted a video from the North York location, which appears to show customers waiting in a line that looks like something you would find at an amusement park.
"It looks like a line you would find at Canada's Wonderland, not IKEA," wrote the user.
However, lines weren't only spotted outside. Multiple photos also appeared to show people waiting to be checked out inside the store as well.
The lines come after Ontario IKEA stores first reopened on Tuesday, May 26.
All five locations in the province are currently welcoming back customers with additional strict guidelines.
.@IKEACanada stopped by your Etobicoke store this evening to pick up a dresser, was very disappointed in your lack… https://t.co/4aULBNA38L— Kkl (@Kkl)1590634836.0
The IKEA Restaurant and children’s play area remain closed in all stores. However, the IKEA Bistro is offering a takeout only option.
The store’s COVID-19 guidelines include limiting the number of customers inside at one time and making sure everyone is spread out.
Hand sanitizer and proper health guidelines are also in place to ensure everyone’s safety.
IKEA Canada stores initially reopened for curbside pickup on May 7 in most provinces, allowing customers to order as much they wanted online for a flat rate of $5 before picking it up in person.
Other leading home goods stores, including Winners and HomeSense, face similar line ups after reopening their doors on May 27.