Guide to re-opening charity shops after lockdown

The Charity Retail Association has published a guide to re-opening charity shops after coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

A charity shop.

Charity shops were allowed to re-open from June 15, 2020 (Photo: Brian Chadwick via Wikimedia CC BY-SA 2.0)

By Annette McGill

The Charity Shop Reopening Pack (PDF) provides guidance for charities reopening their shops after a period of closure. The Charity Retail Association first published the pack in May, but has since released several updated versions.

The pack is divided into three sections covering the physical components of the shop, people issues, and commercial considerations. The guidance on buildings and services includes advice on checking fire safety and electrical equipment. The pack also includes advice on such issues as changing rooms, handing donations, collections and deliveries. 

Non-essential shops in England were given the green light to re-open on June 15, 2020. Charity shops in Wales and Scotland opened their doors again on June 29.

The Association says the Pack will be updated regularly and urges users to ensure that they are using the most recent version. (Note: as of September 28, the most current version is no. 6)