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Sake Nation “Alcohol service banned under the State of Emergency in Japan”


By Kosuke Kuji

Japan during the “Golden Week” (April 29 ~ May 5) declared their third state of emergency.
The justification was to stop crowds from gathering as much as possible, which is understandable.
Healthcare facilities face staff shortages in Osaka and Hyogo prefectures, while the number of people infected by the coronavirus in Tokyo continues to rise.
However, the most shocking stipulation from the state of emergency was the ban of alcohol service in restaurants.
Serving alcohol does not spread the coronavirus, and clusters at restaurants are low compared to nursing homes and businesses, yet restaurants were banned from serving alcohol despite no evidence to support the ban.
We sake breweries were shocked by this ban.
Needless to say, in addition to Japanese sake, shochu, whiskey, beer, wine, and all other alcoholic beverages cannot be served in restaurants.
Is there any other country in the world banning alcohol service as a measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus?
Crowds still gather despite the Japanese government extending the short-term state of emergency. Therefore, rather than declare a short-term state of emergency, the best approach would be to limit indoor seating to 30% capacity, raise to 50% once the infection slows down, drop down to 30% capacity again if the coronavirus spreads, and request businesses to suspend operations once the risk gets too high in my opinion.
However, compensation to businesses in Japan for suspending operations is low compared to that of other nations. Since the suspension is “requested” rather than ordered, the “reward” is low, contributing to the problem.
I want to ask the world, “Is alcohol to be blamed?” “Does alcohol service spread the coronavirus?”



#Breweries #Hakkaisan #Sake #coronavirus #emergency #goldenweek

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