Tokyo to require night entertainment workers to take virus tests

People walk in the Kabukicho entertainment district in Tokyo’s Shinjuku area on June 6, 2020. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The Tokyo metropolitan government will ask people working at nightclubs and similar entertainment establishments to regularly take coronavirus tests, Gov. Yuriko Koike said Sunday.

After holding talks with economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, she told reporters that the policy is part of new measures aimed at preventing the spread of the virus in major nightlife districts in Tokyo, such as Shinjuku’s Kabukicho area.

Since the relaxation of social and economic restrictions late last month, a number of new coronavirus cases have been reported in the area.

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