Even though Walt Disney World reopened more than a year ago, it is still not back to what fans knew as normal before the pandemic. Character interactions are still limited and distanced, parades are not in full swing, and some restaurants remain closed. However, Disney is working hard to bring back the theme park magic Guests know and love.

One more step towards normalcy was taken today when a popular EPCOT restaurant finally reopened.

Tokyo Dining
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Tokyo Dining, located in the Japan Pavilion at the World Showcase, has reopened after being closed for more than a year, but only in a limited capacity. For the rest of August, according to the Walt Disney World website, Tokyo Dining will be open daily from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. For the months of September and October, the Japanese restaurant will be open from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. daily.

Tokyo Dining
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While there are nights where Tokyo Dining will be late as open as EPCOT, there are nights where EPCOT will be open an hour later.

Tokyo Dining offers diners a wide variety of Sushi options to be paired with numerous Sake selections. Here is more information on the restaurant from the Walt Disney World website:

Be transported into a true cultural experience through the harmony of traditional Japanese food and hospitality. Enjoy the vibrant feel of modern Tokyo as you enjoy works of culinary art, as dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows overlook World Showcase Lagoon.

Dine on Sushi Rolls, Nigiri, and Sashimi—perfect for both the traditionalist and those who like new and exciting tastes.

Guests 21 years of age and up can select a perfect complement to their meal with a premium sake or imported Japanese beer. For something more creative, sip a colorful sake cocktail, specialty drink or a perfectly paired wine.

For dessert, indulge in a treat with a Japanese twist like Matcha Tiramisu or Mango Mousse Cake. And no meal is complete without a freshly brewed cup of green tea.

Tokyo Dining
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It should be noted that it also appears Tokyo Dining is operating with a limited menu. The only entrées on the menu at this time are various sushi dishes. Desserts have also been removed from the menu.

While Tokyo Dining is only scheduled to operate with limited hours at this time, it is possible that Disney could decide at any time to increase operating hours. Reservations are not required to eat at Tokyo Dining, but, as with all other table service restaurants, they are highly recommended.

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NEW DELHI: The government has relaxed vaccination rules for Indians who need to travel abroad for studies, employment or to participate in the Tokyo abroad and will link CoWIN certificates to their passports.
However, as of now this relaxation is for Covishield recipients only being WHO-approved.
The Union health ministry had received several requests from such Indians who had got their first dose of Covishield and whose date of intended travel abroad was before the minimum 84-day gap for the second jab. This minimum gap will be reduced to 28 days under a special dispensation given to “students who have to undertake foreign travel for the purposes of education; persons who have to take up jobs in foreign countries and athletes, sportspersons and accompanying staff of Indian contingent attending Tokyo Olympics,” the Union health ministry said in a statement.
“With a view to providing full coverage of vaccination and facilitating international travel for such genuine reasons… states/UT governments shall designate a competent authority in each district for according permission for such administration of the second dose of Covishield,” it added.
The competent authority will check shall check before allowing administration of the second dose 84 days after the date of the first dose: whether 28 days have elapsed after the date of the first dose; the genuineness of purpose of travel based on documents — admission offers for education; whether a person is already studying a foreign educational institution and has to return to that institution for continuing their education; interview calls for a job or offers letters for taking up employment and nomination to participate in Tokyo Olympics.
“It is advised that vaccination may be availed in cases through passport… so that passport number is printed in the certificate…. Wherever necessary, the competent authority may issue another certificate linking the vaccination certificate with the passport number of the beneficiary,” it says. This facility will be available to those who need to undertake international travel for these specified purposes up to August 31, 2021.
“Covishield, produced by Serum Institute of India and approved by the DCGI is one of the vaccines (approved) by WHO for use as of June 3, 2021…. Mention of vaccine-type as ‘Covishield’ is sufficient and no other qualifying entries are required in the vaccination certificates. The CoWIN system will soon provide the facility for the administration of the second dose in such exceptional cases,” it adds.

SYDNEY, May 10 (Reuters) – Australia started administering COVID-19 vaccines to athletes around the country on Monday to give them “comfort and certainty” for their final preparations for the Tokyo Olympics.

Australia has been relatively slow to roll out vaccines to the general population but Olympic and Paralympic athletes have been allowed to jump the queue before they travel to the July 23-Aug. 8 Games.

Former world champion swimmer Cate Campbell was among athletes vaccinated at the Queensland Academy of Sport in Brisbane on Monday.

“It’s a huge weight off your shoulders to be able to have access to this vaccine,” said Campbell, who won back-to-back freestyle relay gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

“I’d really, really like to thank the AOC (Australian Olympic Committee) and the federal government for allowing us to have this extra line of protection because we are going into a pretty unknown situation over in Tokyo.

“So to have this little bandaid is a huge weight off everyone’s shoulders.”

The AOC has set up vaccination centres in Australia’s state capitals and Canberra.

More than 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials nominated by the AOC and Paralympics Australia are expected to receive their shots before they travel.

AOC Chief Executive Matt Carroll told reporters it was “obviously going to give the athletes that comfort and that certainty of their competition.

“It’s a great help to the people of Japan as well, obviously the athletes going into Tokyo and also for the people of Australia, the athletes will come home healthy and safe as well.”

Japan has extended a state of emergency in Tokyo until the end of May and is struggling to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases, raising questions about whether the Games should go on.

Its vaccination rate is the lowest among wealthy nations.

The AOC, whose president John Coates is also the International Olympic Committee’s point man for the Tokyo Games, is “very confident” they will go ahead, said Carroll.

“The Prime Minister of Japan has said the Games are going ahead and said that the playbooks have been put in place for the Games themselves, and for the athletes and to protect the people of Japan as well,” Carroll added.

“Yes, the IOC are doing some work …. to explain that very well to the Japanese public that the risk to them is very low in the Games.”

Reporting by Stefica Nicol Bikes; Writing by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford