// Oxfam will open as many stores as possible in England from June 15
// Stores in Scotland and Wales will remain closed until further notice
Oxfam has announced it is preparing to reopen its high street stores in England from June 15.
The charity group is hoping to open as many of its 595 UK stores as possible by the end of July.
Meanwhile, stores in Scotland and Wales will remain closed for the time being, in line with government guidance.
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Oxfam said the phased approach will allow workers to follow government advice and create a safe environment in store.
This will include having enough space for social distancing and the provision of PPE for staff and volunteers.
All surfaces, doors and equipment will be regularly cleaned and donated items will be isolated for 72 hours.
Oxfam is currently asking its 20,000 volunteers to return to stores to help it get back up and running.
It has been encouraging people register their interest in volunteering on its website.
Each shop typically relies on a team of 30 volunteers and one or two staff.
“Our shops are a much loved part of their communities and, at this difficult time, we can’t wait to reopen our doors and reconnect with our supporters and shoppers,” Oxfam GB chief executive Danny Sriskandarajah said.
“Our shop staff and volunteers are working hard to make sure we can welcome the public back into Oxfam stores safely.
“By donating to, shopping in or volunteering with Oxfam, people will be helping us to respond to Covid-19 around the world, providing vital support such as hand washing facilities, clean water, toilets and soap in the most vulnerable communities.”