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Anger, Desperation, Tolerance Voiced over Retightening of Pandemic Measures

Anger, Desperation, Tolerance Voiced over Retightening of Pandemic Measures

   Osaka/Sendai, Miyagai Pref., April 1 (Jiji Press)--Facing an imminent request by authorities for shortening opening hours again, the chief of an izakaya pub in the busy Minami district of the city of Osaka angrily said, "I can't take it anymore."
   Along with other eating and drinking establishments, the izakaya Japanese-style pubs extended operating hours by one hour until 9 p.m. only on March 1 in the wake of the lifting of the coronavirus state of emergency in Osaka Prefecture and five other western and southwestern prefectures.
   But now that the central government has decided to implement quasi-emergency measures in Osaka and neighboring Hyogo Prefecture as well as the northeastern prefecture of Miyagi due to spikes in now coronavirus cases, the request for ending daily operations by 8 p.m. will be reinstated shortly to create a life-or-death situation again for many eateries and bars.
   "The government shouldn't have lifted the emergency," the izakaya head in his 50s said. "I've been keep doing the business stubbornly, but I can't do it anymore."
   An official of a major eatery chain questioned the effectiveness of the measure in reducing the number of cases, saying, "I wonder if our sacrifice in sales will bear fruit."

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