Business As Usual At Supermarkets In Tokyo

Business as usual at supermarkets in Tokyo

Most supermarkets in Tokyo are operating as usual despite residents being asked to stay home as much as possible to limit infections from the coronavirus.

Saturday is the first day since the governor's request that people cancel non-essential outings for the weekend. The appeal prompted a rush on stores earlier in the week as shoppers stocked up on groceries.

A store in Sumida Ward says it is offering additional vegetables, meat and other food items.

Staff reported fewer customers in the morning than on a usual weekend, and said shoppers did not appear to be buying items to hoard.

Many department stores and commercial complexes have decided to close on Saturday and Sunday.

Operating hours are unchanged at major convenience stores including Seven-Eleven, FamilyMart and Lawson.