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People steer clear of hotels, restaurants even after state of emergency lifted

  • May 21, 2020
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Nikkei wrote that while many commercial outlets have reopened in the 39 prefectures for which the COVID-19 state of emergency was lifted a week ago, consumers are reluctant to dine out, go shopping, or stay at hotels out of concern about contracting the virus. Various data suggests that the number of visitors to local commercial and entertainment districts in the past week remained largely the same as the weeks when the state of emergency was still in place. Some experts forecast it may take at least a few years to revive local businesses, adding that the tourism and hotel industries in rural prefectures will continue to be hit hard as long as people from the Tokyo, Osaka, and other metropolitan areas are strongly advised not to travel to the countryside.

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