Digital Desk, Tokyo. Japan will formally decide on Friday to relax rules at food establishments for existing spectators on attendance at large-scale events, mostly related to any future corona emergency situation. According to the new plan approved by a government panel of experts in the morning, full attendance at venues will be allowed under certain conditions even during future emergency measures, Xinhua news agency reported. A system is needed to check whether tourists have been vaccinated, or their coronavirus reports are negative.
Daishiro Yamagiwa, the economic revitalization minister in charge of the government’s coronavirus response, said at a panel meeting, “We will take all possible steps to protect people’s lives and health even under the next wave of infection so that people can lead a safe life.” Presently attendance at large-scale events such as sports games and concerts is limited to 5,000 spectators or more than 50 percent of venue capacity. However, such limits will be removed if event organizers can check vaccination and test results as well as submit their anti-virus plans to prefectural governments. The new rules will probably come into effect from the end of November. This step has been taken because Japan has seen a sharp decline in new corona infections and severe cases and more than 75 percent of the country’s population has been fully vaccinated.
Food establishments that have been recognized by local governments as taking appropriate measures to contain the spread of the virus will be allowed to serve liquor and remain open till 9 pm under any future emergency. In addition, no time restrictions will be enforced for such establishments under less strict semi-emergencies. As of now, restaurants and bars are still required to limit customer group sizes to four people per table. The ban will be lifted as long as business operators confirm proof of immunization of customers or a negative test result on site. Individuals can obtain a vaccination certificate 14 days after receiving their second shot. Meanwhile, passengers who have proof of vaccination or have a negative report will be allowed to cross prefectural borders freely even in the event of an emergency. Previous virus emergencies had instructed people to avoid non-essential walks.