Reports say Tokyo to push for shortened hours for bars, restaurants
January 21, 2021
Asia

Reports say Tokyo to push for shortened hours for bars, restaurants

TOKYO (JAPAN) – Tokyo will push for bars and restaurants to operate shortened hours. This is the latest restriction to be implemented in Japan after it witnessed sharp rises in COVID-19 infections, media reported on Wednesday.

The city of 14 million people will ask restaurants and bars to shut down at 10 pm from this Saturday until December 18, broadcaster TBS reported.

A Tokyo government committee will meet to discuss coronavirus measures later on Wednesday, The meeting will be held with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike set to hold a news conference afterwards, TBS added.

Another meeting involving a panel of experts advising the national government is also likely to meet later on Wednesday.

Japan on Tuesday paused its domestic “Go To Travel” promotion campaign in the cities of Sapporo and Osaka.

The programme, which has discounts on fares and hotels and boasts of being part of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s efforts to help propel regional economies, has been receiving remarks for potentially spreading the virus from major cities to the countryside.

TBS said that The Tokyo government will also look at halting a separate campaign offering subsidies for travel in the capital.

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