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Tokyo to end request for bars and restaurants to close early 

  • October 20, 2021
  • , Nikkei, Sankei
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Nikkei and Sankei wrote in front-page articles that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has decided not to extend beyond Oct. 24 its request for bars and restaurants to stop serving alcohol after 8 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. if they are certified for enforcing proper COVID-19 prevention and mitigation protocols. The establishments will be allowed to operate according to their regular business hours starting on Oct. 25 for the first time in almost 11 months, although the number of customers per table may continue to be restricted. According to Nikkei, almost 102,500 bars, restaurants, and other nightlife establishments, or 85% of all such businesses in the nation’s capital, have already been certified.     

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