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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Friday that it will inspect bars and restaurants with a metropolitan government-issued sticker indicating that adequate measures to prevent COVID-19 infections are in place.

The system was launched in June, allowing bars, restaurants and other facilities to download the sticker from the metropolitan government’s website after entering their names, addresses and what prevention measures they are taking.

While about 190,000 facilities had registered as of Thursday, there has been no system for objectively checking whether they are implementing relevant measures.

Officials will start to visit registered bars and restaurants in downtown areas as early as next Wednesday, demanding improvements if there are flaws in infection-prevention measures.

On Wednesday this week, a total of eight workers and visitors at a bar with the sticker in the capital’s Edogawa Ward were confirmed positive for the coronavirus.

The bar has claimed that its workers were urged by visitors to remove face masks and shields, according to public health authorities.

“We want bar customers to avoid speaking loudly and refrain from visiting bars if they feel ill,” Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said at a news conference on Friday.

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