Super Nintendo World Grand Opening Pushed Back From February Because of COVID-19

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Universal Studios Japan will push the grand opening of Super Nintendo World at a much later date as the country announced its second state of emergency amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement came on Thursday as Osaka Prefecture saw a spike of new COVID-19 cases. The Japanese government issued an “emergency declaration” as a response, according to Universal Studios Japan via Polygon.

Super Nintendo World, which was scheduled to open its doors on Feb. 4, will accept visitors at a later, unspecified date or when the state of emergency in the region is no longer in effect.

On Wednesday, the Japanese government announced the extension of its second state of emergency in 11 prefectures, namely Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Gifu, Tochigi, Fukuoka, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama and Tokyo, according to Japan Times.

“It’s undeniable that many new infections can be attributed to youth who unwittingly became infected and carried the virus to those who are more vulnerable,” Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said. “A state of emergency is a strong measure that in many ways limits personal freedoms, but one that is necessary if the virus is to be contained.”

Universal Studios Japan originally planned to open Super Nintendo World in July 2020, but the company pushed back the date to Feb. 4 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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