Which charity shops are open today?

CHARITY SHOPS in the UK had to shutdown at the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown to limit spread of the killer bug.

But gift, toy and clothing shops are among those that were allowed to reopen their doors from June 15 – so have the likes of Oxfam, British Heart Foundation and Barnardo’s joined them?

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 Oxfam is one charity shop that will reopen next week


Oxfam is one charity shop that will reopen next weekCredit: Jon Bond

Which retailers were allowed to reopen on June 15?

The list is as below:

  • Fashion shops
  • Charity shops
  • Betting shops and arcades
  • Tailors, dress fitters and fashion designers
  • Auction houses
  • Antique stores
  • Retail art galleries
  • Photography studios
  • Gift shops and retail spaces in theatres, museums, libraries, heritage sites and tourism sites
  • Mobile phone stores
  • Craft fairs

Which charity shops have reopened?

Barnardo’s was one of the first charity shops to announce plans to reopen 70 of its 700 UK shops in England from 15 June.

You can find out if your local is open using the Find a Shop tool.

Oxfam has also reopened some of its shops and is planning to have all stores ready for business by the end of July.

So far, Marie Curie has reopened shops in seven locations with seven more planned for next week.

Shops in Sinfin, Sheffield, Langney, Durrington and Dunmurry, Brackla and Springburn open already

The stores in Bearsden, Crouch End, Shipley, Portadown, Yardley, Locksheath and Caterham are opening on June 29.

Marie Curie says it does not yet know when other shops will be opening but that it will update this page with any new information.

British Heart Foundation revealed its stores will gradually open throughout July, but has not set a specific date so far.

Meanwhile, Sue Ryder began reopening from June 22.

Can I still make donations to charity shops?

When charity shops reopen you will still be able to make donations but not in the same way as before.

The Charity Retail Association (CRA) says donations should not be left outside of shop doors or in doorways.

Donors will be directed to “donation’” points, such as empty shops or warehouses, instead.

This means that, like clothing returns, all donations can be quarantined for a minimum for 72 hours to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Some charity shops that haven’t opened their doors yet may also still accept donations for online sales, so make sure you check their websites.


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Will there be social distancing in charity shops?

Yes. Charity shops, like other retailers, have been told they must meet certain government guidelines before reopening.

This includes installing hand sanitiser stations for staff and customers and regularly cleaning surfaces.

Social distancing will be in place outside of the charity shops and also inside stores.

Some charity shops have said that they will cap the number of people allowed in at any one time.

Customers are also being discouraged from picking up different items and putting them back.

Changing rooms will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Shops have been told they will face punishments if they break the rules.

Some shops, pubs and leisure destinations have given The Sun an exclusive insight into how certain places will look once they have reopened

ZSL London Zoo has revealed what its grounds will look like for animal lovers when it reopens its doors.

A Greene King pub has unveiled its new plans, including a 60 per cent seat capacity and one in, one out, toilets.

Meanwhile Primark will have fewer tills, no testers and new contactless returns.

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