A rare late-March snowfall coupled with numerous store closures helped keep Tokyo residents indoors Sunday, day two of a crucial weekend in the city's attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19.

With snow falling across the Kanto region from morning until around noon, an icy slush blanketed streets populated with far fewer cars and pedestrians than usual due to Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's request to refrain from going out for nonessential reasons.

While supermarkets and some other businesses remained open, a number of department stores and entertainment facilities in the capital closed for both days. Among them were Takashimaya department stores, Lumine shopping malls and Toho Co. movie theaters.