A couple in Tokyo on Monday night with the Rainbow Bridge in seven colors to commemorate the end of the state of emergency in Japan. | RYUSEI TAKAHASH
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Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 18:00 (GMT + 9)
The Japanese government has announced the lifting of the state of emergency across the country, which means many people can technically go back to work.
However, this lifting doesn’t mean that people in Japan are ready to return to life as it was before.
Japan entered day one of what will hopefully be the final stretch of the country’s initial brush with the novel coronavirus after the state of emergency was lifted Monday night in all remaining prefectures.
Tokyo put forward its coronavirus road map last week detailing the city’s three-stage plan to reopen society. The capital, which is aiming to initiate phase two of its plan by this weekend, will incrementally repeal business closure requests for select facilities over the course of several weeks and months based on infection rates or whether they reported any clusters.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has already peeled back voluntary closure requests for libraries, museums and other cultural hubs, and urged restaurants to operate until 10 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. as previously instructed. Public events will be capped at 50 people.
To prevent from the spread of COVID-19, the period for which visitors are not allowed to enter all Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Markets including Toyosu Market has been extended until further notice
In stage two, select facilities with no history of cluster infections will be urged to reopen and public events will be limited to 100 people. At stage three, all facilities with no cluster history will be asked to reopen, food establishments will be encouraged to operate until midnight and events will be allowed to host up to a thousand people.
From June 19, the government won’t impose any voluntary travel restrictions of any kind on the country’s residents.
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Source: The Japan Times