Tokyo to Lift COVID-19 Restrictions on Restaurants

Tokyo and the neighboring cities of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa will begin lifting COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants and bars starting Monday next week as cases of infections in the area decline.

The Tokyo metropolitan government decided on Oct. 21 to lift restrictions on certified establishments that are currently only allowed to serve alcohol until 8 p.m. and operate until 9 p.m.

Certified restaurants are usually allowed to accommodate groups of four people, but five or more heads may be allowed if the customers are fully vaccinated.

Tokyo’s plans are yet to be finalized after the metropolitan government meets with health experts.

The capital’s neighboring areas Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa will completely remove curfews and allow establishments to serve alcohol. Kanagawa will allow small groups to dine out for a maximum of two hours.

Tokyo reported 41 new cases on Oct. 20, while Saitama and Chiba reported 13 and Kanagawa 16 — the lowest numbers of reported COVID-19 cases in the capital area since infections peaked in August.

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