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Japan partially eases restrictions on event participants 

  • September 12, 2020
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The Saturday editions of all national dailies wrote that the GOJ subcommittee of experts discussing the new coronavirus basically agreed on Friday on a GOJ plan to partially ease the current restrictions on the numbers of participants in large-scale events. Events at venues with capacities of 5,000 or less at which audience members are unlikely to cheer out loud, such as classical concerts and kabuki performances, will be allowed to be held at full capacity. For venues with capacities of 5,000 to 10,000, the government will keep the maximum capacity at 50% for such events as live music shows where audiences may cheer out loud. As for large-scale events where the number of spectators could exceed 10,000, such as professional baseball and J. League soccer games, the government will remove the cap of 5,000 people and allow such events to be held at up to 50% of venue capacity as long as measures to prevent virus infection are thoroughly implemented. The GOJ plans to apply the new event capacity rules from Sept. 19 through the end of November and will decide whether to keep them in place beyond that after examining trends in the spread of COVID-19 and seasonal influenza. 


The GOJ also asked for the subcommittee’s opinion on the GOJ plan to include travel to and from Tokyo in the “Go To Travel” subsidy program from Oct. 1. Economic Revitalization Minister Nishimura told reporters after the subcommittee meeting that the government is hoping to include Tokyo in the travel promotion campaign as of Oct. 1 if the current downward trend of virus infection continues, but will make a final decision after carefully examining the infection situation in Tokyo. 

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