Charity shops in Scotland are ready to reopen – but with a new way of handling donations from the public.
Any donations to the shops will now be quarantined for 72 hours before staff can begin to select which items can be put out for sale.
In addition, any clothing will be steam-cleaned before it is put out on display.
The new safety measures are one of a number of new precautions being taken in an attempt to entice customers back.
Shops will also limit the amount of customers in the shop at one time and encourage both staff and customers to use in-shop hand sanitiser.
Remony Kerry, manager of Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland’s Stockbridge Boutique, believes that public demand for the shops remains strong.
She told STV News: “We’ve been away for almost three months.
“I’m an avid charity shopper myself , so I can imagine that there’s
lots of people out there that are really ready to come back and support us.”
She added: “Quite a few people have already expressed an interest in when we are reopening.”