On Thursday Tokyo unveiled plans to offer nightclubs subsidies to close as new coronavirus infections in the capital hit a single-day record, with many linked to entertainment districts.
As per the sources and local media reports if any of the nightclubs and other venues including so called called host and hostess bars under this plan close for more than 10 days the Tokyo metropolitan government will give 500,000 yen.
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Alongside high priced drink,Host and hostess bars offer guests the opportunity for flirtatious conversation with attractive companions. The bars are often used by businessmen to entertain clients.
Kaori Kohga, head of the industry association representing hostesses and clubs, gave the announcement a lukewarm reception.
Although 500,000 yen per club is not sufficient to curb the cases in these districts but she told AFP, “It’s a good start.
She added, “I’m afraid that the effect of the proposed subsidies may be limited”. ” May be money only go to clubs, not individual hostesses” .
The measures came after a fresh surge in coronavirus cases in Tokyo, particularly in the capital’s major commercial and entertainment districts, including famed Shinjuku.
Tokyo said on Thursday the number of new coronavirus infections reached a single-day record of 224.
Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike said, “We need to be on further alert” as the number of cases related to night-time districts played a role to a certain extent.
Despite the record number and recent rises in cases, the government has said there is no need to reimpose restrictions and spokesman Yoshihide Suga said plans to further loosen rules on mass gatherings would go ahead on Friday.
Baseball stadiums will be able to admit 5,000 spectators — or 50 percent capacity, whichever number is smaller.
The epidemic has already forced a one-year delay to the summer Tokyo Olympics, and caused the suspension of activities ranging from sumo to a summer high-school baseball tournament — an enormously popular event that receives extensive television coverage.