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Osaka Pref. to Request Biz Suspensions in Virus-Hit Area

Osaka Pref. to Request Biz Suspensions in Virus-Hit Area

   Osaka, July 31 (Jiji Press)--Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura said Friday he will ask some eating and drinking establishments in the Minami entertainment district of Osaka, the capital of the western Japan prefecture, to suspend operations, in the fight against the new coronavirus.
   The governor plans to have the business suspensions in place for the period between Wednesday and Aug. 20, through cooperation with the Osaka city government.
   Subject to the requests will be establishments with hospitality services and "izakaya" dining bars with poor countermeasures that do not display the prefectural government's sticker certifying that adequate infection prevention steps have been taken.
   "We need to launch countermeasures by narrowing down the areas where new infection cases are expanding," Yoshimura told reporters.
   Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui said separately that the city government plans to specify the particular locations to be covered by the business suspension request.

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