February business hour curtailment request for restaurants and bars in all Sapporo districts

In the February 13 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic Countermeasure Headquarters Meeting, the intensive measures period originally scheduled to last until February 15 was extended by the Hokkaido prefectural government to March 7 to align with the National State of Emergency Declaration period that targets areas such as the Greater Tokyo Area.

The current request towards restaurants, bars, etc. in Sapporo’s Susukino district (the largest eating and drinking district in Hokkaido) to reduce business hours will expand to include the entirety of Sapporo City from February 16 to the end of the month, and businesses that comply will receive 20,000 yen per day.

At a press conference after the meeting, Hokkaido Governor Suzuki Naomichi stressed, “It is essential that we work even harder to suppress the spread. We cannot relax measures at this point.”

   The Hokkaido prefectural government is requesting restaurants and bars in all Sapporo City districts to avoid doing business from the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. from February 16 onward. However, the government will consider lifting the request early if the number of new infection cases drops below “15 people” for a 7 day average per 100,000 people for the most recent one week period measured daily, depending on the condition of the healthcare providing system at that time.

Governor Suzuki Naomichi (center) speaking at the Novel Coronavirus Countermeasure Headquarters meeting


Sapporo City