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Tokyo reintroduces dining restrictions amid Covid-19 surge

But there’s no ban on venues serving alcohol for the time being

Lim Chee Wah
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Lim Chee Wah

Japan is currently experiencing a surge in new Covid-19 infections, largely attributed to the highly transmissible Omicron variant. As a result, the Tokyo government has started to tighten restrictions to help curb the virus spread.

Many of the top attractions and venues in Tokyo are now closed temporarily until further notice. This includes Ueno Zoo, Tokyo Sea Life Park and Rikugien Gardens – see the list of closures here.

Additionally, dining restrictions are back. For now, group dining cannot exceed four people per table. As reported by The Japan Times, this new measure takes effect through January 31.

Certified establishments can still serve alcohol. However, venues that have not been certified to have virus safety precautions are asked not to offer alcohol after 9pm.

If you’re concerned for your health, you can now get free Covid-19 testing in Tokyo even if you’re asymptomatic. Read more about how you can get tested for free here.

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