LONDON — Behind every shopfront, people are calculating: their money, their futures, the possibility that their livelihoods — reliant on the sale of lager and ale, big-wheel bikes or creams perfumed with lavender — could be killed off by a spooky virus.How much longer can they cover rent? Can they persuade creditors to give them a breather? Will a tax holiday tide them over for months — even a year — of lockdown?The merchants of Exmouth Market, a two-block stretch of central London known for its bustling food stalls and independent shops, have no answers. Their street is near silent but for birdsong.“I’ve anticipated a lot in my life,” said Gareth Kerr, who closed his popular sports pub in March and sent home a dozen bartenders and cooks. “But coronavirus wasn’t one of them.”“The not knowing is the worst,” said Charles Perkins, whose East Central Cycles shop has been deemed essential by a city desperate to divert passengers from infection-conducive trains and buses. “I’m open, but I can’t make plans. This is the time of year when I’d be buying for next year. But production is messed up. Shipping is completely messed up. And I can’t decide to sign contracts


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