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Information Regarding COVID-19

Announcement from Fukuoka City (January 22)

Declaration of a State of Emergency in Fukuoka Prefecture:
Stay Indoors Unless Absolutely Essential!

On January 13, the Government of Japan declared a State of Emergency in Fukuoka Prefecture in response to the alarming spread of COVID-19.

During the State of Emergency, you are urged to comply with the following until February 7:
①Do not leave the house or travel unless for essential activities*. Do not leave the house especially after 8 p.m. unless absolutely essential.
 *Essential activities include:
 -going to a medical facility
 -shopping for food supplies, medicine or daily necessities
 -going to work when necessary
 -exercising to maintain a healthy lifestyle
②Restrict business hours to between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. and restrict alcohol serving hours to between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.* if you are a foodservice operator (restaurants, cafés, bars, snack bars, karaoke and other establishments legally permitted to serve food products under the Food Sanitation Act).
  Period of Compliance: Saturday, January 16–Sunday, February 7, 2021
 *Takeaway and delivery services do not need to restrict their business hours.

Operators that follow government measures can receive a \60,000 subsidy per day per site from the national government. The Fukuoka Prefectural Government is still determining the details of the application process so keep checking the Fukuoka Prefectural website for the latest information.

Fukuoka Prefecture Website
https://www.pref.fukuoka.lg.jp/contents/covid19emergency-details.html

The Fukuoka City Government also plans to provide a \200,000 subsidy per site to foodservice operators that offer takeaway services at a discounted or special rate as part of its own additional support measures.

Fukuoka City Website (regarding financial support for business):
https://www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/shicho/koho/kinkyu202101.html#ti

③Businesses other than the foodservice should also restrict business hours to between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. and restrict alcohol serving hours to between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., though this is not a request enforced by Special Legal Measures.

④Reduce the number of workers going to the workplace by 70% by utilizing telework and staggered shifts to limit employees’ exposure to other people.

⑤Hold events with less than 5,000 people, and at less than 50% capacity if indoors. Maintain social distancing even for outdoor events.

In addition to the above measures, avoid the below Five Situations that government experts have determined increase the risk of infection:
 ・Social gatherings with alcohol
 ・Eating in large groups for extended periods
 ・Talking without a mask
 ・Communal living in confined spaces
 ・Switching locations

Be thorough with basic measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, such as washing your hands, gargling, wearing a mask and properly ventilating the room and avoid the 3C’s:
 ・Crowded places
 ・Close contact
 ・Confined spaces

Business owners should follow industry guidelines to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

You may feel at ease when eating with family and friends or during breaks at your workplace, but always be aware that you may be a carrier of the virus and risk spreading it to others. Be vigilant with your own actions to prevent the spread of the virus.

If you have a fever or any cold-like symptoms, contact your local doctor or medical facility by telephone for advice.
If you are unsure of where to call or have any worries about the virus, call the COVID-19 Hotline for advice.

COVID-19 Multilingual Hotline (available in 19 languages)
Telephone: 092-687-5357 (24-hour service)

Information on the Five Situations that Increase the Risk of Infection (742kbyte)pdf

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Announcement from Fukuoka City (December 25)

On December 12, the Fukuoka Prefectural Government issued the Fukuoka COVID-19 Alert to avoid overwhelming the medical system.

Make sure to avoid the five situations that increase the risk of infection, and take basic measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, such as washing your hands, gargling, avoiding the 3C’s, wearing a mask, properly ventilating the room. Business owners should follow the guidelines of their industries to prevent the spread of virus.

As we approach the New Year’s holidays, we enter a period where there are more opportunities for people to gather or eat in groups during seasonal events, such as the first visit to shrines or going back to your hometown. When going out, make sure to carefully monitor your health, the infection status of your destination, and the infection prevention measures for any facilities you visit. If you gather with others for meals, keep numbers small and limited to people who you usually meet, and finish your meals in the short time.

To prevent the spread of infectious diseases, keep in mind that you may already be infected and could spread the virus. Therefore, it is essential that you take the necessary preventive measures and act in a way that protects you and the people around you.

If you have a fever or any other cold like symptoms, consult your local medical facility by telephone, such as your primary care doctor.

If you need assistance with finding a medical facility to contact, or have any concerns, call the COVID-19 Multilingual Hotline.

COVID-19 Multilingual Hotline (available in 19 languages)
Phone: 092-687-5357
Hours: 24-hour service

Information on the Five Situations that Increase the Risk of Infection (742kbyte)pdf

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Announcement from Fukuoka Prefecture (December 16)

 Fukuoka Prefecture Website


Announcement from Fukuoka City (December 4)

We have produced an information pamphlet for foreign residents in Fukuoka City on COVID-19. Stay up to date with accurate information to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect yourself and the people around you from the disease.
Check the illustration below for more details.

Protecting Foreign Residents from COVID-19 in Fukuoka City (746kbyte)pdf

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Announcement from Fukuoka Prefecture (November 20)

 Fukuoka Prefecture Website


Announcement from Fukuoka City (October 30)

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

A New Way of Life

A New Way of Life ;Living with Corona PDF (99kbyte)pdf


Announcement from Fukuoka City (August 7)

To International Students
The number of cases of COVID-19 are increasing in Fukuoka City.
Recently, the virus has displayed the following transmission characteristics:
 ・The virus is being transmitted between students at many universities and vocational
  schools.
 ・Transmission routes are not only limited to within school grounds and in dormitories,
  but also through coming into contact with people who have the virus at parties or at part-time workplaces.
 ・Students with the virus often display mild symptoms or no symptoms. Therefore, they
  do not realize that they have the virus but can still transmit the virus to vulnerable
  people at risk of developing severe symptoms, such as the elderly or people with pre-
  existing medical conditions.

Protect yourself and your loved ones by taking basic measures to prevent transmission:
 ・Avoid the three C’s: closed spaces, crowded places and close contact
 ・Practice social distancing: keep two meters from other people
 ・Wash your hands and face whenever you get home
 ・Where a mask when going out or when talking to others

In addition to the above instructions, you must be especially careful to take measures to prevent transmission when meeting friends and at your part-time workplace.

Information on Preventing COVID-19, Multilingual Hotline etc.



Information on Sickness and Injury Allowance and Exemption Measures for National Health Insurance Premiums


You may be exempt from paying the full amount of your insurance premiums if you:
 -are enrolled in the National Health Insurance scheme;
 -have tested positive for COVID-19; and
 -meet the required conditions.

In addition, you may be eligible to receive Sickness and Injury Allowance if you:
 -are enrolled in Fukuoka City’s National Health Insurance scheme;
 -are employed;
 -have tested positive for COVID-19 (or show symptoms of the virus such as a
fever and are suspected of having the virus) and
 -have had to stay off work.
Check the link below for more information.
 PDF (158kbyte)pdf


If You Are Struggling to Pay Your Taxes Due to the Impact of COVID-19

If your income has decreased due to the impact of COVID-19 and you are struggling to pay your taxes, you can apply to defer your tax payments at the Tax Payment Section of your local ward office. You can delay your payments for one year from the original payment date. Please click here.
 If You Are Struggling to Pay Your Taxes

Announcement from Fukuoka City (May 14)

Today, the national government announced that it had lifted the state of emergency measures imposed on Fukuoka Prefecture. Fukuoka Prefecture has now relaxed its requests to residents to stay indoors and to businesses to close temporarily.

However, there is still the possibility that the COVID-19 virus may spread again. Accordingly, Fukuoka Prefecture is still requesting residents to avoid going out or travelling to other prefectures for all but essential reasons.

In addition, the Prefecture has lifted its requests to most business to close temporarily and also lifted the restrictions on business hours for restaurants. Nevertheless, establishments are still being requested to resume regular business only after taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus. The Prefecture is also requesting that some businesses where cluster infections occurred remain closed.

Please check the Fukuoka Prefecture website, which will be continually updated.
  Fukuoka Prefecture Website

Fukuoka City is also commencing with new measures and is calling on its residents to start a new way of life— living with corona— from tomorrow, May 15.

This lifestyle involves:
 -avoiding the three C’s;
 -keeping a distance of two meters from other people;
 -wearing a mask when going out or when talking to others;
 -washing your hands and face whenever you get home, and so on.

Also, new approaches to everyday life might include:
 -using mail-order services and electronic payment when shopping; and
 -using takeaway or delivery services for meals and sitting side by side when eating.

In particular, as a new standard of living, we are calling on all residents to wear a mask whenever they use the subway as of tomorrow. Fukuoka City is focusing its efforts on the new awareness campaign: Mask & Ride. Fukuoka City’s public facilities and events will also resume business as usual in due course once we have taken the necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Fukuoka City municipal elementary, junior high, senior high and special education schools will be reopened in stages from Thursday, May 21, 2020.

Announcements from Fukuoka City will be continually updated, so please check the link below to keep up to date.
  Fukuoka City Website (Support for Foreign Residents)


Preventing the Spread of COVID-19


Requests from Fukuoka Prefecture

Requests from Fukuoka Prefecture


 About more information on COVID-19