The Rainbow Bridge, one of Tokyo’s iconic enclaves, will gradually light up in various colors, down to red, to draw citizens’ attention if the situation over COVID-19 worsens in the Japanese capital.
Local authorities seek to indicate by colors in which of the seven standards to define the alert situation the city is in, with red being the worst of them, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike reported on Friday.
“In order for the people of Tokyo to easily realize the situation, the color of the lighting of the Rainbow Bridge in the bay will be used. If the situation goes wrong, to warn the people, they would turn red, “said Koike at a telematic press conference.
The bridge, which lives up to its name and is normally lit with the colors of the rainbow, will follow these new lighting criteria after the state of sanitary emergency in the city is lifted and new health criteria must be met.
Tokyo, with some 14 million inhabitants, has registered around a dozen infections a day for a week and, if this trend continues, it could meet the requirements set for the lifting of the state of sanitary emergency next week.
Koike also announced a four-phase restriction lifting plan for when the Japanese government ends the state of emergency in the prefecture.
The first phase will involve the reopening of restaurants, museums, schools and sports facilities, except those with the highest capacity.