Restaurants are operating in Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Tokyo| AP Yonhap News
From the 1st, the Japanese government will lift the state of emergency and key measures issued to 19 prefectures, including Tokyo, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and switch the quarantine system to ‘with Corona’, a step-by-step daily recovery measure.
19 prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka, will lift the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages at restaurants and the restriction on business hours until 8:00 p.m. as the state of emergency is lifted. Restrictions on public transportation operating hours, sports events being held without spectators, and commercial facility closures will also be lifted.
Tokyo and the three prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa in the metropolitan area have prepared efforts to prevent re-spreading for three weeks. Restaurants that have received quarantine certification can sell alcohol until 8 p.m. Local governments have decided to ask them to refrain from selling alcohol unless they are certified.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government also plans to request a reduction in business hours, and if it responds, a cooperation fund will be paid. The daily payment is 25,000 to 200,000 yen (about 260,000 to 2.11 million won) per store for small and medium-sized businesses. In the case of holding an event, a transitional measure is also provided for one month. In areas where the state of emergency and priority measures were declared, the number of participants was limited to ‘less than 50% of the capacity or a maximum of 5,000 people’ when holding an event, but this was raised to ‘within 50% of the capacity and a maximum of 10,000 people’.
Experiments using vaccination records and negative certificates are also conducted at multi-use facilities for With Corona, and based on the results, restrictions will be gradually relaxed.
Japan has lifted emergency measures and has actually started to convert with Corona.
It is a decision based on the increase in the inoculation rate.
The daily number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Japan exceeded 25,000 in August, right after the Tokyo Olympics, but has recently fallen sharply to around 2,000. On the 29th, the number of new confirmed cases was 1986. As of the 27th, the vaccination rate was 68.7% of the total population and 57.2% of those who completed the second vaccination as of the 27th.