Chiba Pref. to resume 'Go To Eat' dining campaign

Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, has decided to resume from next Monday the "Go To Eat" campaign designed to help the restaurant industry. It plans to allow the use of premium meal coupons that have already been issued.

The prefecture had suspended the use of the coupons from December last year due to the spread of coronavirus infections.

Governor Kumagai Toshihito said on Thursday that he wants to support the prefecture's economic recovery now that the infection situation is under control.

Chiba will be the first among Tokyo and its three neighboring prefectures to resume the campaign.

Kumagai added that his prefecture will ease restrictions in stages to disperse demand, suggesting that sales of new coupons will be considered according to the coronavirus situation.

He also said Chiba will resume its local travel campaign. Hotel discount coupons that have already been issued can be used if residents travel alone or with their family.

The meal and hotel coupons both expire on December 15.

Kumagai also mentioned restrictions on business hours at restaurants, which are due to end on October 24. He said he thinks it is possible to further ease the restrictions.