Japan to lift spectator cap in easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Kyodo -- Nov 17
A Japanese government panel on the novel coronavirus response gave the green light Tuesday for the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, including scrapping the cap on spectators at events under certain conditions.

The government's subcommittee on the COVID-19 response approved the proposed relaxation of restrictions based on a system to check whether people have been vaccinated or tested negative for the virus.

Under the "vaccine and test package," a government initiative to enable more people to go out, COVID-19 tests for children aged under six would not be required if they are accompanied by a parent.

The government will make a formal decision, possibly on Friday, regarding the recommendations, which would also see dining out no longer limited to four per table.

"Restrictions that were imposed under the emergency declaration can be relaxed to a certain extent," said economic revitalization minister Daishiro Yamagiwa, in charge of the government's coronavirus response, citing the progress of vaccinations and the development of COVID-19 treatment drugs.

More than 75 percent of the country's population has been fully vaccinated, according to the Japanese government.

Under the planned easing of restrictions, businesses implementing the package will be asked to register with prefectural governments. The vaccination certificates would be valid 14 days after individuals receive their second shots. ...continue reading