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GOJ decides to ease COVID-19 restrictions

  • September 10, 2021
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All national papers reported that the GOJ coronavirus taskforce on Thursday approved the planned relaxation in late November of various coronavirus-related regulations on businesses and individuals based on the assumption that most Japanese will have received two doses of vaccine by the end of November. People who are fully vaccinated will no longer be asked to avoid eating out in large groups or traveling beyond prefectural borders. The caps on the numbers of attendees at concerts, sporting events, and other cultural events will also be raised on the condition that they present vaccine certificates or negative COVID-19 test results. The papers said although some public health professionals are cautious about presenting an “exit strategy” at this juncture, the Suga administration was keen to do so ahead of the general election as many people are “tired of exercising restraint” amid the prolonged pandemic.

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