Tokyo urges bars and restaurants to close, people to stay at home from 8 p.m.

On January 4, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that he was considering declaring a state of emergency for Tokyo and its surrounding prefectures. But the governors of Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba have decided to pursue their own coordinated emergency measures without waiting for the central government’s decision.

NHK reports that, during a video press conference on the evening of January 4, the four governors announced that they were calling on all residents to refrain from non-essential outings after 8 p.m. Businesses serving alcohol are asked to end beverage service before 7:00 p.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.

The new restrictions will take effect on Friday January 8 and last until January 31. From January 12, the closing time at 8 p.m. will be extended to all restaurants, even if they do not serve alcohol. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government as well as the three prefectural governments will also set goals to encourage remote working and demand that the winter lights be turned off earlier – sorry night owls.

This is a developing story. We will keep this page updated as new information becomes available.

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