Prime Minister Suga, at a press conference, stated that as part of the fight against COVID-19, a state of emergency will be implemented until August 22.
Stating that they took the decision on the recommendation of the government’s COVID-19 Advisory Board, Suga said that they aimed to decrease the course of cases in the OHAL regions.
Nişimura Yasutoşi, Cabinet Member for COVID-19 Measures, said at a press conference, “We aim to slow down human traffic in the summer season and festivals until the spread of vaccination.” said.
The Olympics are approaching
The practice is expected to affect the course of the tournament, as it coincides with the period between July 23 and August 8, when the Tokyo Olympics will be held.
With this decision, the state of emergency will come into effect for the 4th time in Tokyo since the beginning of 2020.
Within the framework of the application, the sale of alcohol in restaurants and bars will be prohibited and these businesses will be allowed to stay open until 20:00.
The Olympic Games, which were previously planned to be held on July 24 – August 9, 2020 and postponed due to the epidemic, were decided to be held on July 23 – August 8, 2020.