Another state of emergency coming for Tokyo

A state of emergency will be issued for Tokyo in the upcoming days, the third time this has happened since the pandemic broke out and only a month after the second declaration expired.

Details or the duration are still under consideration and a decision is expected by the end of the week (23rd).


This time the restrictions could involve a wider range of activities, whereas the second declaration mainly focused on closing restaurants early and had very little impact on daily lives.


UPDATE (May 25): The state of emergency will be in effect until May 11th. Many commercial facilities, movie theaters, karaoke, museums and gardens will close. Sporting events will be held without spectators. Restaurants will be banned from serving alcohol at all hours, prompting many owners to close down during the declaration. Supermarkets and convenience stores will remain open.


So far, the neighboring prefectures of Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama are not included, so spots like Tokyo Disneyland (In Chiba Pref.) will continue to open.