Tokyo aims to lift COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants as cases decline – media


People wearing face masks amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak walk towards a shopping district in Tokyo, Japan on September 9, 2021. REUTERS / Kim Kyung-Hoon / File Photo

TOKYO, Oct.20 (Reuters) – The Tokyo Metropolitan Government aims to ease COVID-19 restrictions on bars and restaurants next week as infections continue to decline, the Jiji news service said on Wednesday.

The easing will be announced as early as Thursday and would apply to companies certified as complying with anti-infective measures, Jiji reported, citing knowledgeable sources.

Tokyo government officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

Tokyo and much of Japan lifted the COVID-19 emergency measures that had been in place for almost six months on October 1. Despite this, restaurants and bars in the capital have been asked to stop alcohol sales at 8 p.m. and close at 9 p.m.

New daily cases in Tokyo fell to 29 on Monday, the lowest since June last year. Infections have declined dramatically after a surge of more than 5,000 a day in August that hit the capital’s medical infrastructure. Read more

Some 67% of the Japanese population is now fully vaccinated and the government plans to roll out booster shots this winter. At the same time, authorities plan to use a combination of vaccination certificates and COVID-19 tests to further ease restrictions and reopen the economy.

Reporting by Rocky Swift; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

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