Tokyo, Feb. 9 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s cabinet on Tuesday approved measures to be taken prior to the declaration of a state of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pre-emergency measures will be introduced under the revised special law for the fight against the pandemic, which will take effect on Saturday.
The measures include encouraging COVID-19 testing on shop workers, rejecting entry to shops by people with fever and those without face masks and installing finger sanitizers.
Meanwhile, prefectural governors will be allowed to issue requests and orders to shorten business hours.
The revised law will allow the measures to be implemented in prefectures where COVID-19 infections are feared to spread, threatening to disrupt medical services.
A government panel on the pandemic on Tuesday discussed a plan to implement the pre-emergency measures if the rate of infections rises to levels of Stage 3, the second worst of the four epidemic stages, and end the measures once the infection rate falls to Stage 2 levels.
The panel also adopted a call on people to refrain from holding parties toward the end in March of the current fiscal year.