MATALAN in Oxford has reopened in the midst of coronavirus lockdown because they sell homeware.

In an email to shoppers, Matalan bosses said they had closed all shops eight weeks ago but have since been working 'tirelessly' to make it safe to shop again.

The government changed its guidelines on May 1 to include homeware as essential retail in England.

The email said: "Following our decision to close our stores almost eight weeks ago we've been working tirelessly on preparing our stores for reopening with enhanced health and safety measures and strict social distancing guidelines to ensure we offer the safest shopping environment for you. 

"We're pleased to let you know our Oxford store is now open. Our Click and Collect service has also resumed so you can order online and pick up in your Oxford store if you prefer."