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The government is expected to launch its Go To Eat campaign, aimed at helping restaurants hit hard by the novel coronavirus crisis, in late August at the earliest.

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry on Tuesday started to receive applications from entities hoping to serve as a contractor for the initiative. The deadline for receiving applications has been set at Aug. 7.

The ministry had postponed the start of the application procedures, initially slated to begin last Friday, due to a resurgence in coronavirus infection cases in the country.

But the ministry later concluded that it can implement the campaign by having participating restaurants take thorough infection prevention steps. Specifically, stores that take antivirus measures based on respective industry organizations’ guidelines will be allowed to participate in the initiative.

Under the campaign, meal coupons good for  25 percent off food and drinks will be issued. The coupons can be used at registered restaurants in areas where they are issued.

The campaign will also reward points worth up to ¥1,000 per person to customers who eat at restaurants booked online.

The ministry will decide when to start the reward point scheme while monitoring the state of the epidemic as it covers stores across the nation, creating the risk of people traveling and spreading the virus.

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