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GOJ experts’ panel proposes measures to ease COVID-19 restrictions

  • September 4, 2021
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The Saturday editions of all national dailies wrote that on Friday the GOJ subcommittee on the coronavirus pandemic released a set of proposals on easing the current restrictions on people’s activities to curb the spread of COVID-19. The proposals include using issuing certificates for those who have been vaccinated or have submitted negative PCR test results after the bulk of the population has been vaccinated against COVID-19, probably in November. Those with certificates would be allowed to travel beyond prefectural borders for business or pleasure, and outdoor events that attract large crowds would also be possible if each attendee had a certificate and the events were held in areas not under a state of emergency.

 

Asahi wrote that although Chairman Omi of the subcommittee originally considered including more lenient measures in response to a request from the Kantei, many of his fellow experts strongly opposed them out of concern that an announcement on the easing of measures at this juncture would send the wrong message to the public and encourage them to let down their guard against the virus. Omi eventually gave up on some of his draft proposals. He told reporters on Friday: “This is not a message to let down your guard. Some of the draft proposals were removed because we didn’t want the message to be misinterpreted.” The GOJ is planning to develop a roadmap for the new measures based on the subcommittee’s proposals.

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