Japan Sets Virus-Fighting Guidelines for Nightlife Industry

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Tokyo, June 13 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government released Saturday its guidelines on measures to prevent infection with the novel coronavirus at nightlife establishments ahead of their reopenings expected soon.

The guidelines call on operators to maintain an interpersonal distance of 2 meters as much as possible, and to keep contact information of customers for about a month so that people who had close contact with those found with the virus can be identified.

Aiming to lift its business closure request for nightlife establishments on Friday, the government will urge operators to take thorough infection prevention measures promptly through relevant industry organizations.

"The government wants nightlife establishments to resume and continue operations while taking countermeasures," economic revitalization minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told a press conference.

He called for measures, such as installing acrylic shields, to be taken through the utilization of the government's subsidy program for businesses suffering sharp sales falls due to the epidemic, which was expanded under its fiscal 2020 second supplementary budget enacted Friday.

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