Govt. to revise ordinance to curb spread of virus

Japanese government officials say they plan to revise an ordinance so that restaurants can be included among establishments whose business hours can be shortened when a state of emergency takes effect.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato Katsunobu told reporters on Tuesday that they are discussing ways to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection through eating and drinking.

When a state of emergency is declared, governors can request limiting the hours of various establishments based on an article of the country's special anti-coronavirus law. Such establishments are stipulated in the ordinance.

Kato said government officials are working so that the revised ordinance will take effect when the next state of emergency is declared.