The British Red Cross will start to re-open its charity shops in phases next week, following Scottish Government guidelines allowing non-essential retail premises to open.

Glasgow’s Byres Road and Dumbarton Road will be two of the first phase to open from the 29th of June.

Extensive new safety measures have been implemented by the charity, including physical distancing, quarantining of new donations, and PPE for staff and volunteers.

Paul Thompson, Director of Retail at the British Red Cross said: “The British Red Cross is putting plans in place to start re-opening retail shops from 29 June, in line with the Scottish Government announcement to allow non-essential retail to open.

“Safety and wellbeing has been at the heart of all our decision making process throughout coronavirus, and this phased approach will allow us to continuously monitor, learn and adapt to keep our staff and customers safe. From managing the number of customers in our shops, adjusting layouts and encouraging contactless payments, we have extensively planned measures to ensure the safety of our people and supporters.

“This positive step forward will help us raise funds to continue our vital work, helping people in crisis and during COVID-19, whoever and wherever they are.”