Barrhead Travel is to begin reopening its shops at the end of June as its retail network is gradually reintroduced.

The agency, which has 49 branches across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, closed stores as the UK went into lockdown in March.

Non-essential retail was given the green light to open from this Monday, but Barrhead said that ensuring the health and safety of staff and customers was imperative before opening its doors.

Its travel agents will continue to work from home and offices until the shops reopen.

Jacqueline Dobson, president of Barrhead Travel said: “We have been working on a meticulous return plan for our store network across the UK.

“Since we took the decision to close our network ahead of the lockdown back in March, we have always said that, regardless of when the government say it is safe to open,  we would not return until we were completely satisfied that we can protect the health and safety of our colleagues and our customers – this is of paramount importance to us and has been our main focus.

“Planning our return to stores has included rigorous risk assessments for each individual store as well as looking at each specific location. Our reopening schedule will be a gradual, phased approach with the aim of opening the first few stores at the end of June or beginning of July.

“We plan to gradually increase the number of stores open on a week-by-week basis with ongoing safety assessments. Many of our office-based colleagues will continue to work from home for the time-being.”