Intellasia East Asia News – Japan mulls plan to ban hotel guests without masks

The Japanese government is considering allowing hotels to refuse entry to guests who do not wear masks and follow other measures to control infection during an outbreak, Fuji News Network said on Wednesday.

The government will submit a bill to a special session of parliament next month that would revise the law governing hotels and hostels, giving them more power to enforce infection measures, the network said.

The move would come at a time when Japan is expected to further ease its COVID-19 border controls, scrapping visa requirements for some tourists and scrapping a limit on daily arrivals.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is due to debate border easing measures on Thursday.

Japan’s prime minister, who left for the United Nations General Assembly meeting on Tuesday, may announce the easing of borders during a speech at the New York Stock Exchange, the Yomiuri newspaper reported.

Currently, wearing a mask is not mandatory in Japan but is strongly recommended indoors and on public transport.

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