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Aichi hip-hop event organizer slammed for lax coronavirus measures

Local government leaders in central Japan on Monday condemned the organizer of a hip-hop music event held the day before in Aichi Prefecture for his lax measures against COVID-19 despite pledging to follow anti-guidelines. -infection fixed by the live concert industry.

According to the Aichi Prefecture government, around 8,000 tickets were sold for the event, Namimonogatari2021, held at a convention center in Tokoname, which its organizer says is one of the largest outdoor musical events in Japan, bringing together hip-hop and R&B artists. .

“No social distancing was observed near the scene and some alcoholic drinks were sold on site. It is extremely regrettable that our demands for security have not been followed, ”Governor Aichi Hideaki Omura said at a press conference.

The prefectural government began implementing trade restrictions on August 8, including asking organizers of major events to refrain from selling alcohol. The tightening of restrictions under the state of emergency decreed on Friday for the entire prefecture set a hearing ceiling for major events at 5,000.

Event organizer, Nagoya-based Office Keef Co., said the annual music event has been taking place since 2005. According to event guidelines posted on its website, attendees must wear masks, stay at least one meter from each other and refrain from shouting. . The company originally planned to sell 10,000 tickets for this year’s event.

Namimonogatari2021 in Tokoname, Aichi prefecture, Sunday (blur added by Kyodo) | COURTESY OF CBC TV ‘CHANTO!’ / VIA KYODO

Omura said the prefectural government would protest the organizer’s failure to implement anti-infective measures and no longer allow the company to use public facilities in the prefecture.

Aichi officials later said a protest letter was sent to the company, asking it to report on how COVID-19 measures were taken at the site.

The organizer released a statement saying members of the public failed to observe social distancing despite repeated reminders of anti-infection guidelines through the main display screen and speakers.

At one point, a host of the event warned people against taking off their masks, he said.

The company said preparations to implement COVID-19 measures during such a significant event should have been better and it “deeply apologizes for causing problems.”

As for alcohol sales, the organizer said he had notified the prefecture in advance that some drinks he had already purchased from suppliers would be sold during the event, with sales limited to two servings per person.

Tokoname Mayor Tatsuya Ito told the city assembly session on Monday that he would also send a letter of protest to the organizer of the event.

“It was an extremely pernicious event in which none of the safety guidelines were followed,” Ito said.

Japanese hip-hop artist Zeebra, who performed at the event, said in a Twitter post: environment. “

Japan is working to control a rapid spike in coronavirus infections, with 21 of the country’s 47 prefectures currently in a state of COVID-19 emergency.

In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is urging residents and visitors to exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, concert halls and other public spaces.

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