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Winnipeg’s Ikea store temporarily closed after employee’s positive COVID-19 test

IKEA's Winnipeg store hopes to re-open on Monday, Global News has learned. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan.
IKEA's Winnipeg store hopes to re-open on Monday, Global News has learned. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

You’ll have to wait a day or two to pick up a Vittsjö or a Jokkmokk, as Winnipeg’s Ikea store has closed following a positive COVID-19 case among its staff.

The furniture giant made the announcement on its website on Saturday, saying they learned of the test that day and quickly shuttered the store.

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In the statement, Ikea says a third-party company will be doing a deep clean and disinfection — and Global News has learned the store hopes to reopen on Monday.

“The safety of Ikea co-workers and customers is our top priority and we are taking extensive precautionary measures to reduce the risk of further exposure, always following the guidelines of Manitoba Public Health.”

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The closure comes as Manitoba reported 55 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday — 19 of those new infections were in Winnipeg.

As of Sunday morning, the city has 123 active cases of the virus.

A sign outside Winnipeg’s Ikea store. On the company’s website, it announced it’s seen a positive test among its staff.
A sign outside Winnipeg’s Ikea store. On the company’s website, it announced it’s seen a positive test among its staff. Elisha Dacey / Global News