Commercial facilities in Tokyo to reopen amid extended emergency

Kyodo -- May 30
Commercial facilities in Tokyo, Osaka and other prefectures are stepping up preparations to resume operations on Tuesday, as the government hopes to strike a balance between curbing coronavirus infections and reviving the battered economy after extending the COVID-19 state of emergency to June 20.

Department stores, movie theaters, amusement parks and museums were initially requested to close under the country's third coronavirus state of emergency but will be permitted to partially reopen, four days after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga extended it in nine prefectures.

Under new guidelines, department stores in the capital and Osaka Prefecture will remain closed on weekends but will be permitted to open on weekdays with shorter business hours. Food halls in department stores have been open on weekdays throughout the emergency and on weekends since May 12.

Restrictions such as a ban on restaurants serving alcohol as well as a cap on attendance at sports events and concerts will stay in effect beyond Monday, the previous end date of the state of emergency.

The government on Friday extended the emergency by three weeks as the pace of decline in infections remains slow.Museums such as the Tokyo National Museum will also welcome back visitors from June. - Kyodo





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