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The state of emergency in Tokyo has been lifted – so what happens now?

Even though the Covid-19 emergency has ended, Tokyo restaurants and bars are to close by 9pm until April 21

Emma Steen

Last week, the Japanese government announced that the most recent state of emergency, in place for a total of two and a half months, would expire after March 21. As of Monday March 22, Tokyo is no longer under a Covid-19 state of emergency. However, while some restrictions have been eased, others remain firmly in place in an effort to prevent a fourth wave of infections. 

Here’s everything you need to know about Tokyo and Japan post-emergency:

  • Bars and restaurants can now stay open until 9pm, but the shortened operating hours will continue until April 21
  • The national government can fine venues that don’t comply with Covid-19 rules
  • Hanami gatherings are still heavily discouraged and many Tokyo parks have placed barriers around their picnic areas to enforce the rules
  • Venue capacity for large-scale events, previously capped at 5,000 people, has been doubled to a maximum of 10,000 attendees
  • Border controls will not be eased for the time being. This means Japan is still closed to the world, except citizens and foreign residents with a valid residence visa. Furthermore, overseas spectators will not be permitted for the Tokyo Olympics

This article was originally published on March 22 and updated on March 24.

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