Cotton On will reopen its Australian stores following three months of lockdowns. 

In a blog post, the business said that its stores across Australia, Vietnam, Namibia, South Africa, Malaysia, Botswana, New Zealand, USA and Thailand are reopening, while its other markets are not far behind. 

Following Government guidelines on store reopenings, Cotton On has introduced a range of measures to ensure health and safety. 

These include reduced store opening hours, restricting the number of people in store, hand sanitation stations and contactless payment options. 

In a statement, Cotton On said that it was excited to welcome customers back in-store, but is focused on ensuring their health and wellbeing. 

"We’re thrilled to see Australia and many of our global markets flattening the COVID-19 curve and we’re beyond excited to welcome our team and customers back in stores.

"As we enter this new world what’s more important than ever is that our team and customers feel safe and we’re taking a cautious approach to ensure their health and safety remains our top priority," it said, 

Cotton On added that despite the challenges, the business was able to maintain its focus on ethical decision-making. 

"As a global retailer, COVID-19 has significantly impacted the way we do business, with 90% of our global store footprint closed since early-March.

"Like many businesses, the last three months has brought many new and different challenges – for our business, our people, and our customers – and we’ve learned a lot about ourselves along the way.

"We’ve steadied the ship through daily global briefings with our leadership team where our values and ethical framework have continued to guide all of our decision making.

"The last few months have challenged us all in many different ways and we’re incredibly proud of our global team for coming together to find new and innovative ways to continue giving our customer an awesome experience," Cotton On said. 

The Cotton On Group operates approximately 1400 stores worldwide, with 676 stores in Australia. 

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