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Why is it always restaurants that are made the subject of these restrictions? Are authorities just trying to give off the image that they're taking effective measures?

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Yoko Matsunaga, the proprietor of a restaurant in Shimbashi, Tokyo, expressing frustration at the Tokyo metropolitan government's request that restaurants and bars once again shorten their business hours amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

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Why is it always restaurants that are made the subject of these restrictions?

Ah, because people aren't wearing masks, and are eating and drinking, and talking, laughing, and spitting bits of food, beverage, and saliva everywhere.

8 ( +12 / -4 )

Is it because they cannot think of anything else?

Why is it that train stations do not provide alcohol after buying a ticket or that millions of people are being crammed into trains?

Why is it that temperatures are not checked before getting on buses or trains in Japan?

Why are there studies on viral transmissions on crowds in stadiums but none on public transport?

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Government should do more to encourage landlords to share the pain of their restaurant tenants.

The alternative is that we end up with nothing but Big Food cookie cutter chains serving lowest common denominator junk precooked in industrial kitchens and trucked out to branches.

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Later hours = more alcohol served = inhibitions out the window = less careful, all while not wearing masks(unless you are an anti-masker).

I don't think there is some grand conspiracy against restaurants. Many hot spots have been linked to places like this. It isn't rocket science. If people are just sitting quietly eating their meals there probably wouldn't be as big of a problem, but that isn't as fun.

If trains and busses were as noisy as they are in the US, perhaps the government would target them as well, you could hear a pin drop inside a train in Japan. At least in Tokyo, that is.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Bars and restaurants are super spreading venues, that’s why.

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Ah, because people aren't wearing masks, and are eating and drinking, and talking, laughing, and spitting bits of food, beverage, and saliva everywhere.

That is exactly why.

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This is why they try to shorten the open time. Having lunch is usually quick, people are not very talkative and usually no alcohol involved. Drinking until the last train changes the landscape dramatically, and you end up with lots of hot spots

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Where I live you can't go into ANY business establishment, commercial building, or any form of public transit, without wearing a mask. And the spread continues.

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