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Japan relaxes attendance limit for large events

9 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Tokyo

2021 Nov 01, 19:57, Tokyo
In this Oct. 1, 2021, file photo, people walk through the famed Kabukicho entertainment district of Tokyo on the first night of the government's lifting of a coronavirus state of emergency. Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story. Photo: AP

The Japanese government on Monday eased its 10,000-spectator attendance limit for large-scale events, which had been in place in 27 of the country's 47 prefectures, local media reported.

Events held across Japan, such as professional sports games and concerts, can now have 5,000 spectators or 50 percent of venue capacity, with large-scale event spaces allowed to accept more than 10,000 spectators.

At the same time, events with spectators shouting and cheering are set to be capped at 50 percent of venue capacity. Whether an event is categorized to involve shouting will be determined in different cases.

Prefectural governors can also implement their own policies on spectator limits depending on the local situation of infections.

The Japanese government fully lifted the COVID-19 state of emergency and quasi-state of emergency on Oct. 1 as daily infections declined steadily across the country.

Tokyo confirmed nine daily COVID-19 infections on Monday, marking the fewest figures since the end of May last year.

In addition, the latest seven-day average of new infections stood at 23.4 per day in the capital, decreasing 20.9 percent from the previous week, according to the metropolitan government.


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