Request for closure and short-time business in some areas of Minami, Osaka Prefecture

Osaka Prefecture Decided to request closure and short-time business in some areas of Minami, Osaka Prefecture July 31 at 9:34 p.m.

Osaka Prefecture held a meeting of the new Coronavirus headquarters on the evening of March 31 and decided to request restaurants serving alcoholic beverages in some areas of Minami to close and shorten business hours, saying that infection in the downtown area is spreading.
At the meeting, it was reported that the increase in infection among people involved in Minami’s stores was noticeable among the downtown areas.

Next month, we decided to ask restaurants serving alcoholic beverages in some areas of Minami to close and shorten their business hours.

Among them, we decided to shorten the opening hours from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and that the target would be taverns, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, karaoke shops, etc. with entertainment such as cabarets and host clubs that comply with industry-specific guidelines.

On the other hand, we decided to request that cabarets, host clubs, bars, nightclubs, karaoke shops, etc. that do not comply with the guidelines be closed.

The area was between Nagahori-dori and Sennichi-dori in the north and south, between Midosuji and Sakai-suji in the east and west, and the request period was 15 days from 6th to 20th next month.

In addition, the prefecture and the city of Osaka confirmed their policy of providing a total of 20,000 yen per day for stores that responded to shorter business hours.

After the meeting, Governor Yoshimura said, “We don’t know how effective it is until we try, but I’d like to ask for it in Minami first. We want to prevent the spread of infection while moving the socio-economy.”

Restaurant “Impact is large, but regulations are necessary”

While people involved in restaurants said that there was no other way, they also said that measures were necessary in areas other than Minami.

Among them, a man in his 40s who works at a sushi shop in Minami said, “There are many customers who come after 10 p.m., so shortening of business hours has a big impact. However, as the infection spreads, I think that regulation is necessary in the place where people gather, so I am convinced that such a request comes out in Minami.”

A man in his thirties who runs an izakaya said, “We don’t have enough compensation, but I think it’s a good idea to converge quickly. Since it is a city with many young people, I think it is appropriate to take measures in Minami, but I think there are shops to watch out for in other areas as well.”

Restaurant group “Confronting an invisible enemy with a single heart”

Tokuji Fukunaga, owner of Minami’s sushi restaurant and chairman of the Osaka Prefecture Social Food and Beverage Industry Life Sanitation Association, said, “Last month, all requests for closure were lifted, and the infection spread again at the time of ‘OK, from now on’, and it is very regrettable. I think it’s inevitable that such a request will come up.”

On the other hand, “Infection control is also important for restaurants, but it is just as important to continue business. It’s been a long two weeks, but I want to bring my heart together and face an invisible enemy with the people of Minami, thinking it’s to work again.”