Japan – It has been reported that the capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture and second largest city in Japan by population; Yokohama, has delayed its integrated resort policy by two months to August 2020 instead of its initial date of June 2020 amid ongoing prevention of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The postponement follows continued efforts to control the spread of the disease and help prevent illness.
However, according to reports, the actual policy date and schedule for the integrated resort bid will remain unchanged.
An integrated resort is a major resort property that includes a hotel with casino, together with convention facilities, entertainment shows, theme parks, luxury retail and fine dining.
Before the outbreak of Covid-19, Japan was in the midst of organising the approval of three integrated resorts in the country.
Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi said:
“Considering the spread of the novel coronavirus, we should concentrate on the things which are most important.”
In addition to the delay of the integrated resort policy, an policy explanation due to be released at the end of April 2929 has also been delayed until the end of June 2020.
The implementation policy outlines the core factors of an integrated resort, including concept, scale, logistics and security.
The news comes just hours after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been criticised for allegedly prioritising the Japanese economy and Olympic Games over the lives and well-being of citizens. According to NHK, 9 of the 47 prefectures’ emergency hospital beds are full.