The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will reopen the Toyosu wholesale food market, which replaced Tsukiji, to tourists on Monday.

The move comes after the market in Koto Ward shut tourists out for about three months to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

At each entrance, visitors will be asked to undergo temperature checks and disinfect their hands with alcohol-based sanitizers. Visitors without masks will be refused entry.

Market workers and visitors will use separate passageways at the facility.

The metro government will increase security guards at the viewing area for the market's popular tuna auction and in the zone where sushi and other restaurants are situated to prevent crowding.

Before the pandemic, lines were common in front of popular restaurants, but that practice will end after the reopening.

"We have anxieties because infection cases in Tokyo have started to increase again," a worker at the market said.

In response, the metro government decided to keep tour groups out and to restrict entry when the facility gets crowded.

In addition, it will reconsider whether to permit visitors if the situation with the coronavirus worsens.

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