Written by MATCHA-NEWS
COVID-19: The State Of Emergency Has Been Lifted In Japan
The state of emergency has been lifted in Japan on May 25, 2020. Department stores, markets, shops, restaurants, museums, and other facilities gradually began to reopen. The citizens are asked to continue practicing social distancing, to wear masks, and to disinfect their hands.
The state of emergency introduced following the COVID-19 outbreaks has been completely lifted in Japan on May 25, 2020.
The state of emergency for 39 prefectures in Japan ended mid-May due to a significant decrease of the number of infections.
In Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, and Hokkaido the state of emergency was supposed to continue until May 31. It was lifted on May 25 as the number of infections decreased significantly in the meantime.
Nevertheless, if the infection rates rise again, the state of emergency might be reinstated.
The residents of Japan were asked to maintain social distancing, wear masks, disinfect their hands regularly using alcohol-based disinfectants, and work from home as much as possible. Remote work is essential in order to avoid the trains becoming packed during rush hours.
Restaurants, department stores, markets, shops, museums, and other facilities are gradually returning to their original opening hours. However, some facilities, such as gyms, still remain closed for now. Most shops and restaurants provide disinfection spray at the entrance. Customers are encouraged to use it upon entering and exiting the facility.
Some retailers, such as Lush Japan, offer “pick-up shopping” to reduce the risk. You can create a wishlist and give it to the shop staff, who will then shop for you. All you have to do is check out when it is your turn.
Large entertainment facilities such as amusement parks will gradually resume operation in the following weeks. Such facilities will most likely operate with some restrictions and new rules in order to prevent the further spreading of infections.