Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced a plan to simultaneously reboot the city’s economy and prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections if the prefectures still under the state of emergency are released next week.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will decide how and when to incrementally lift social distancing measures and voluntary business closure requests based on seven criteria measured over a span of two weeks.
“This is the final stretch,” Koike said during a meeting of the metropolitan government’s coronavirus task force on Friday. “We need to proceed cautiously, but each day the city meets these criteria is another step toward reclaiming the lives we had before.”