Coronavirus: Retailers call for rates relief as store closure fears grow

River Island London

Retailers are banding together to call on the government for exemption from business rates if shops are forced to close because of the coronavirus outbreak, and have renewed demands for far-reaching reform.

A letter to prime minister Boris Johnson and chancellor Rishi Sunak, coordinated by fashion groups Arcadia and River Island, is being circulated to other retailers and is understood to have won wide-ranging support from many of the industry’s biggest names. It is likely to be sent today or tomorrow.

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