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Tokyo to allow eateries to serve alcohol from Mon.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike speaks at a press conference at the metropolitan government headquarters in the Japanese capital on June 18, 2021. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Gov. Yuriko Koike said Friday eateries in Tokyo will be allowed to serve alcohol from Monday following the lifting of the coronavirus state of emergency in the capital.

    People will be able to drink alcohol alone or in pairs for up to 90 minutes between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at restaurants and bars certified as having taken steps to control infection, Koike told reporters.

    Osaka Prefecture has decided to enforce similar measures.

    Such establishments would still be requested to close at 8 p.m. and should there be an explosive rise in infections in Tokyo, they will be requested to stop serving alcohol immediately if health experts deem it necessary, she added.

    If the situation improves, the metropolitan government will consider further easing measures based on the progress of vaccinations, Koike said.

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