Tokyo to keep many public spots shuttered as coronavirus infections surge across the city

Many establishments were shuttered on the evening of March 31, 2020, at a popular entertainment district known as Bar Row near Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo. THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES
Many establishments were shuttered on the evening of March 31, 2020, at a popular entertainment district known as Bar Row near Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo. THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES

Tokyo to keep many public spots shuttered as coronavirus infections surge across the city

by Hana Kusumoto and Joseph Ditzler
Stars and Stripes

TOKYO — Zoos, museums and some parks will remain closed until at least May 6 as coronavirus infections surge across the city, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced Wednesday.

Tokyo-run public facilities, such as Ueno Zoo, Tama Zoo and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, were originally closed until April 12. However, with a recent, rapid increase of coronavirus cases in the metropolitan area, the city extended the measure until May 6, which is the last day of Golden Week, a series of Japanese national holidays.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government governs 23 central wards, 26 cities, five towns and eight villages, including areas surrounding Yokota Air Base.

The city also announced it will cancel or postpone city-run events until May 6.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.624539

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