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More than 40 businesses in Nadi have closed down due to COVID-19
Many landlords not reducing rent - Dr Raju

More than 40 businesses in Nadi have closed down due to COVID-19

Many landlords not reducing rent - Dr Raju

By Shanil Singh
Wednesday 09/09/2020
Nadi Chamber of Commerce President Dr Ram Raju. [Image: File Photo]

More than 40 businesses in Nadi have closed so far because of COVID-19 while some shops are now getting into businesses like restaurants and hair salons.

Nadi Chamber of Commerce President Dr Ram Raju says they have seen a number of businesses struggling to survive and business activity coming to a standstill in the town towards the afternoons because everything used to revolve around tourism.

He says more businesses are expected to get affected in the future and just about every business which is still operating have either made staff redundant or their staff are on reduced hours.

Raju also says a few of those that have closed have reopened for some other businesses.

He adds not many businesses have been able to get reduced rental because a number of landlords have not been as considerate as they thought they would be.

Raju says this is one of the reasons why businesses have been badly hit.

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