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Tokyo parks set up one-way routes amid fears of virus apathy

A sign asking people to walk on the right is seen at Ueno Park in Tokyo's Taito Ward on Feb. 23, 2021. (Mainichi/Masahiro Ogawa)

TOKYO -- Main paths in metropolitan government-run parks in the Japanese capital are undergoing restrictions to become one-way routes from Feb. 23, amid concerns the populace may be getting slack in their vigilance against the coronavirus.

    Among the Tokyo Metropolitan Government parks affected are Kasai Rinkai Park and Ueno Park. At the latter location in the capital's Taito Ward, staff were seen putting out cones on Sakura-dori avenue, a popular cherry blossom-viewing spot that runs about 500 meters through the park's center. On the morning of Feb. 23, the cones directed people to walk on the right so that people would not stay in one place and cluster together.

    Similar restrictions were also set at Kasai Rinkai Park in Edogawa Ward. The controls will last until March 7. In other metropolitan parks, sports facilities such as baseball grounds, tennis courts and parking lots will close from Feb. 27.

    (Japanese original by Tomoko Igarashi, City News Department)

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