Tokyo announces restrictions on businesses as new cases continue to grow

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Tokyo announced new restrictions today, and will ask several broad business categories to close down starting Saturday.

The order will affect all businesses under these categories:

  • Entertainment venues such as bars and internet cafes
  • Universities and education centers
  • Sports facilities and amusement arcades
  • Theaters, assembly halls and exhibition centers
  • Commercial facilities such as shopping malls

Restaurants will be allowed to operate between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m., but must stop serving alcohol after 7 p.m.

To soften the blow of the closures, the city government said it would provide additional financial aid on top of the federal government’s stimulus package.

Under these measures, businesses with one store will receive 500,000 yen ($4,600), while businesses with more than two stores will receive 1 million yen ($9,200). There is not yet a time frame for when the payments will be issued.

The new restrictions come as Japan continues to see an increase in the number of new cases each day. Friday saw the biggest daily jump so far, with 579 new cases.

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