Oxfam plan to reopen ‘vast majority’ of Scottish shops

People will be urged not to leave donations outside when stores are closed.

Oxfam is planning to reopen the “vast majority” of its Scottish stores next week.

It comes after the Scottish Government gave permission for non-essential shops to reopen as part of phase two of lockdown measures being lifted.

The charity said it hopes the vast majority of its 42 Scottish shops will re-open on July 15.

It said protecting staff, volunteers, and customers from Covid-19 remains the priority, with shop teams taking measures to create a safe environment in store.

Inside, the shops will have strict health and safety measures, including social distancing, hand sanitiser, screens at tills, regular and frequent cleaning, as well as closing the changing rooms. Masks and gloves will also be available for staff.

Donated items will be isolated for 48 hours before they are sorted and contactless payment will be encouraged to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Oxfam is appealing for the public to call their local shop before dropping off items to help staff manage donations.

People will be urged not to leave donations outside when stores are closed.
Tom Richardson, Oxfam’s operations manager for Scotland, said the charity is looking forward to welcoming back customers.

He said: “We know that many people have used lockdown as an opportunity to have a good clear out so it’s likely that you’ll be able to find some real gems in your local Oxfam shop once it reopens – after all, one person’s clutter is another’s treasure.

“People across Scotland have always been extremely generous in supporting Oxfam’s stores, whether through volunteering, donating or shopping and we hope that support continues as the vital funds raised by our shops are needed now more than ever.

“Every pound spent in our shops will help fight poverty and protect some of the world’s poorest communities from coronavirus.

“When you buy a pair of jeans in Oxfam you’re doing more than bagging a bargain and supporting sustainable fashion; you’re helping us to deliver life-saving items like soap and clean water to the people who need them most.”

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