COVID-19: IKEA Indonesia temporarily shuts flagship store

first_imgThe furniture giant would ensure the best possible outcome following the closure of its flagship store in Alam Sutera, she added.IKEA Indonesia, which is a subsidiary of publicly-listed retail company PT Hero Supermarket, had previously been allowed to maintain its operations, as it was considered a business providing essential products.However, concerns were raised over what appeared to be a large number of visitors in video footage depicting a packed parking lot at the Alam Sutera store, which went viral on social media on Sunday.Dan ini bagaimana??? pic.twitter.com/9ksZpzd52J— Fathimah Aza (@IffahAlqadrie) May 9, 2020Another video shows visitors lining up for temperature checks at the entrance of the store on Saturday.Suasana antrean masuk IKEA Alam Sutera, Pinang, Kota Tangerang, yang ramai untuk pemeriksaan suhu tubuh pengunjung sebelum masuk gedung. Selama PSBB, IKEA Alam Sutera beroperasi dari pukul 11.00 hingga 20.00 WIB. pic.twitter.com/CWazIvbfL6— About Tangerang (@AboutTNG) May 9, 2020 “The number of visitors is relatively low compared to what we’ve recorded under normal circumstances. The queue took place at the store’s entrance where visitors lined up for temperature checks yesterday,” Ririn said. The number of its online customers had increased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, she added.Ririn went on to say that IKEA had implemented various measures to minimize the risk of coronavirus infection among visitors and employees, such as providing access to hand sanitizer and ensuring a safe physical distance.The Banten provincial administration imposed PSBB on Tangerang regency and municipality from April 18 to May 3.As of Sunday, Tangerang confirmed 209 COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths linked to the disease. Overall, 14,265 people have been recorded as infected in Indonesia, with 991 dead.The second IKEA store in Sentul City, Bogor, West Java, remains open, according to Ririn.“It is still open for the time being. We’re still considering our steps,” she said.Topics : Sweden-based furniture retailer IKEA has temporarily shut its store in Tangerang, Banten, over concern that the outlet could be a place of COVID-19 transmission while public authorities are enforcing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the region.IKEA Indonesia spokeswoman Ririn Basuki confirmed to The Jakarta Post that the company had agreed to close down its first brick-and-mortar store in the country following a request from local authorities to comply with the region’s PSBB.“IKEA prioritizes the health and safety of our visitors and workers by complying with government regulations, including the PSBB,” Ririn told the Post.last_img read more

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Get along, little doggies, to finish line

first_img“She’s pretty old,” she said of the 9-year short-hair Chihuahua. “But she’s going to go for it.” Unfortunately for Puppy and all the others, defending champion, Tiger, of Bakersfield, prevailed in a close race. He will go on to compete in San Diego at the nationals to be held Sept. 2 at Petco Park during a game between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers. “We’re never confident,” said owner Cathy Smith after the final race. “You never know where a Chihuahua will run or how fast.” As Tiger basked in her glory, third-place finisher, Petra Von Fido, of Pasadena and her owner, Anne Hars, walked back to their car and contemplated a return next year. “It’s her first-ever race, so why not come back?” Hars said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Among the competitors, was 4-year-old Mimi of La Puente, who raced in last year’s event but did not place. Her trainers, Mark and Rosa Barron, trained the past year on empty field tracks. “We have a secret weapon,” said Mark, before the first heat took place. It was a stuffed animal that Mimi “ate, drank and slept with since last year” that Rosa dangled at the finish line. Unfortunately, the secret weapon turned out to be a dud since Mimi did not place either first or second to advance to the semifinal heat. Newcomer, Puppy, of Pico Rivera was shaking before the race in the arms of her owner, Barbara Soliz. • Photo Gallery: Chihuahua races MONTEBELLO – Local aficionados of fine breeding and competitive racing didn’t need to travel this weekend to Churchill Downs to be dazzled at the Kentucky Derby. More than 200 Chihuahuas of all shapes, sizes and pedigrees competed in one of five regional meets Saturday at the third annual Petco National Chihuahua Races to determine the fastest Chihuahua in America at the 1425 Montebello Blvd. store. Accompanied by their human family members, the athletes – dressed in all sorts of garb including T-shirts, tutus, leather vests and even ponchos – raced in heats of 10 along a 35-foot-long track. last_img read more

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