Tokyo considers speeding up reopening measures

May 25, 2020

Tokyo considers speeding up reopening measures

Tokyo (Japan), May 25: Tokyo authorities are considering speeding up the phased reopening of its economy after the central government lifts a state of emergency for the metropolitan area.
The state of emergency is still in place in the capital, its three neighboring prefectures, and the northern prefecture of Hokkaido. The declaration is expected to be lifted late on Monday.
The metropolitan government plans to start step one of its phased roadmap on Tuesday. This will allow museums and libraries to reopen. Indoor sports venues will also be allowed to reopen, but without spectators. Restaurants and bars will be able to stay open two hours longer, until 10 p.m.
Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko said she will call for continued efforts by residents to contain the spread of infection. She said Tokyo needs to boost its economy and she hopes to make progress, one step at a time.
Tokyo is considering moving on to the next step as early as this weekend if the number of new infections remains low. Step two eases restrictions on retail stores including those that sell non-essential items.
Source: NHK World