On the 16th, the state of emergency was expanded to 9 prefectures with the addition of Hokkaido, Okayama, and Hiroshima to the target areas.


In the three newly targeted areas, we have summarized the reactions of passers-by as well as the situation of commercial facilities and tourist spots.

Sapporo

Various voices were heard from the citizens in the center of Sapporo city.


A man in his twenties in Sapporo said, "I think it's harder to act than ever before, and I'm alone in everything I want to do, and I can't do what I want to do. The number of infected people has increased so far. I think he may have become accustomed to Corona. "



A woman in her thirties in Sapporo said, "I came out because I had to go to the dentist today. My child is going to a nursery school, but I am asked to take care of my family as much as possible. I move too much, so I get hurt at home, so I take him to the park early in the morning. "



A man in his 70s in Sapporo said, "We have to turn the economy around, and I think the economy is more important, but it's difficult to decide whether to focus on infection control or the economy. I think it's hard. "

Closed measures at department stores in central Okayama

At the request of the prefecture, department stores in the center of Okayama City were closed on Sunday 16th, except for some sales floors.



During the state of emergency declaration from the 16th, Okayama Prefecture has requested that facilities with a floor area of ​​more than 10,000 square meters be shortened to 8:00 pm on weekdays and closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. I will.



In response to this, the department store "Tenmaya", which has its head office in Okayama City, will be closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays except for the sales floor for groceries and daily necessities.

On the morning of the 16th, a paper was posted at the entrance of the store to inform them of the closure, and there were not many customers visiting for shopping.



A woman in her 70s who visited for shopping said, "I was surprised to hear that it was temporarily closed. It is unavoidable, but it is shocking that a state of emergency was declared as the self-restraint continued."



Yasuhiko Namba, the manager of Tenmaya Okayama Main Store, said, "The state of emergency was decided two days ago, and I was forced to take measures such as temporary closure, but I managed to make it in time. I want to be thorough. "



In addition, Okayama Prefecture has requested that stores that provide alcohol and karaoke facilities be closed, and that other restaurants be shortened to 8:00 pm.

A cooperation fee will be paid to stores that comply with the request, and similar measures will be taken in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Hiroshima Miyajima Many stores are closed

Many shops are closed and quiet in Miyajima, a tourist destination in Hiroshima prefecture.



On the 16th, the first day when Hiroshima Prefecture became the target area of ​​the state of emergency, the number of people visiting the island from the morning is sparse in Miyajima, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, where the World Heritage site Itsukushima Shrine is located. Many stores are closed in the shopping district on the island, which is lined with about 80 stores.



At restaurants that serve dishes such as oysters and conger eels, we decided to close from the 16th after receiving a state of emergency, and were busy cleaning up the food we had purchased.



Mr. Masayuki Kobayashi, the store manager, said, "Sales per day have been in the red since last year. We decided to take a leave of absence because of the cooperation money. There was a lot of waste, but it can't be helped."



In addition, the souvenir shop, which has been in business for nearly 50 years, has been operating since the middle of this month by reducing the number of business days to three days a week due to the increase in the number of infected people in the prefecture. I decided to close the store from the 17th.



Kenichi Sasaki, who runs the store, said, "It was Friday when the declaration was made, so I wasn't ready in time and I'm open today, but I'll be closed from tomorrow. I can't open in the coming school trip season. To be honest, it's painful. "

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