The government’s decision to put 13 additional prefectures including Tokyo under COVID-19 pre-emergency measures from Friday has been met with cries of dismay from the dining industry, which had only recently begun to see sales rebound.

It is “gut wrenching” to see restaurants and bars have to shorten their operating hours again, Haruyuki Yamashita, vice chairman of a recently established federation of domestic dining industry groups, said Wednesday.

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