Coronavirus update June 2020
It was great news when recently the Prime Minister announced that non-essential retail is able to re-open from 15th June, although this is still contingent upon progress against the 5 tests and will only be permitted for those retail premises which are COVID-secure.
Our charity shops are well supported by the local community and provide a vital source of income for the Charity. The shops have a core team of staff and we rely heavily upon a large team of volunteers to run them, so their safety as well as that of our customers remains paramount. We also have some staff members and volunteers classed as clinically extremely vulnerable and therefore, we have genuine concerns at being able to keep all of our staff, volunteers and customers safe, whilst the COVID-19 risk is still relatively high.
The majority of our shops are quite small so being able to be COVID-19 secure is not going to be simple or in some cases practical to achieve at this stage.
In the interests of continued safety for everyone, we have made the very difficult decision to keep our shops closed for the time being. We will continue to review the situation carefully in line with any guidance issued so that when we feel the time is right and safe to do so, we will re-open our shops. When we do, this will probably be on a phased basis and we very much look forward to welcoming our valued customers back.
In the meantime, we appreciate that many of you will have items that you wish to donate and we would be very grateful if you could hold onto them for a little bit longer for us until our shops do re-open again in due course. Thank you.
40 Fore Street, Brixham, Devon TQ5 8DZ
12 The Strand, Dawlish, Devon EX7 9PS
19 Bank Street, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 2JL
22 Torquay Road, Paignton, Devon TQ3 3AB
341 Torquay Road, Preston, Paignton, Devon TQ3 2EP
The Old Service Station, Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon TQ3 3RZ
102 Reddenhill Road, Babbacombe, Torquay, Devon TQ1 3NT
22 Fore Street, St Marychurch, Torquay, Devon TQ1 4LY
65 High Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5PB