The governor of Tokyo on Wednesday urged restaurants serving alcohol, bars and karaoke parlors to reduce their business hours in a bid to contain a surge in new COVID-19 infections in the capital.

Yuriko Koike said at a press conference that these establishments will be urged to close at 10pm for 20 days, starting Saturday, until Dec. 17, and announced that the authorities will offer financial assistance of up to 400,000 yen (about $3,800) to those who do so. EFE-EPA