Governor Tamaki says Okinawa to rescind shortened business hours at the end of October

Governor Tamaki says Okinawa to rescind shortened business hours at the end of October

Governor Denny Tamaki holding his press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Office on October 28

October 28, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo


Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki held a press conference on the afternoon of October 28 at the Prefectural Office in Naha City. He announced plans to rescind, at the end of October as scheduled, the prefecture-specific measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus infection, such as a request for restaurants to shorten business hours.

Governor Tamaki is establishing a period from November 1 to January, after these measures have been cancelled, as a period for coexistence between rebound prevention and socio-economic activities. He is encouraging prefectural citizens to dine together in groups of four or less for under two hours at a time, to go out with family, engage in everyday activities with friends, and such behavior.

The request for shortened business hours as part of novel coronavirus countermeasures was rescinded in Tokyo Prefecture and elsewhere on October 25, leaving Okinawa as the only prefecture in the country still observing these shortened business hours.

Governor Tamaki also explained the aims of evaluation criteria pertaining to infection control measures and the like. He mentioned that in the most recent week new cases exceeded 25 people out of 100,000 people, and also explained that infection control measures will be strengthened if there is any indication of a sudden boom in the number of cases. Governor Tamaki announced the formation of a program for maintaining a system for providing health and medical care. The program will maintain at most 972 beds throughout November.

At Governor Tamaki’s press conference on October 28, he said, “the prefecture-specific countermeasures (such as the request for shortened business hours) will continue throughout October. I would like the infection countermeasures to continue as they have up to this point, despite the polling for the House of Representatives election and Halloween.”

(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)

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