Taking a page out of a familiar playbook, 13 more prefectures will soon impose restrictions on alcohol sales and business hours as part of quasi-emergency measures, but while the measures against COVID-19 will mostly target restaurants and bars, the rules vary from one prefecture to the next.

Of the prefectures to be under a quasi-emergency from Friday, businesses in Gifu, Nagasaki and Miyazaki prefectures won’t be allowed to serve alcohol during the quasi-emergency period, as was already the case in Hiroshima and Yamaguchi. But 11 other prefectures subject to pre-emergency measures will allow alcohol sales at restaurants with certain conditions, provided the establishment takes the necessary virus precautions as determined by prefectural governments.

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