The move to reopen operations at a major department store in the Tokyo metropolitan area of the declaration continuation will also be held at 12:11 on May 23.
Major department stores are also moving to resume sales of clothing and miscellaneous goods in addition to food, as well as at stores in the Tokyo metropolitan area, where emergency declarations continue.
At the Sogo-Seibu store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, when it opened at 10 a.m., customers were disinfection of their hands and fingers after receiving a temperature check from an employee with a face shield.
In order to prevent the spread of infection, the department store is taking measures such as a board that seeks cooperation in “social distance” to keep people away from people at the cash register of the sales floor, and the installation of transparent sheets.
A female customer said, “I was looking forward to the open. I’m glad that my daily life is back.”
Toshiki Kubota, head manager of Seibu Ikebukuro Head Office, said, “As demand for necessities from neighboring people is increasing day by day, we have decided to take measures to prevent the spread of infection and resume it.”
While major department stores have been moving to resume operations in the Tokyo metropolitan area and other areas where emergency declarations continue, some department stores have been closed, and responses are divided.