// New Look has stopped current and future production due to the Coronavirus pandemic
// Employees have been asked to voluntarily take unpaid leave
New Look has halted its production plans and reportedly asked employees to voluntarily take unpaid leave due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Drapers reported that the fashion retailer paused all current and future production plans until it was able to review the ongoing situation amid the pandemic.
It has also reportedly given its 13,000-strong workforce the option of unpaid voluntary leave, with a reduction of hours or the opportunity to use their holiday allowance.
However, the retailer could still take the government up on its recently-announced offer to cover up to 80 per cent of wages for any job that has been affected by the pandemic.
New Look is one of many retailers that temporarily closed all their stores over the weekend in a bid to keep staff safe from the virus.
As with most other fashion retailers, New Look said its newlook.com website would remain in operation during the temporary closures, adding that it had extended its refund policy to 90 days.
In a Twitter post, the retailer said: “These are uncharted territories for all of us and we thank you for your continued support during this time.”