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【Announcements from Fukuoka City】 Information Regarding COVID-19


Regarding to Fukuoka prefecture’s measures after the state of emergency lifted (May 29)

Since the state of emergency was lifted the 14th of this month, the infection situation in this prefecture has been settling down. For this reason, I believe that it is time to gradually raise the level of socio-economic activities while working to prevent the spread of infections and to secure the provision healthcare system.

However, in Kitakyushu City, where the number of infected people has continued to be zero since April 30, the number of infected people has increased since May 23, and 26 people were found infected today, and total of 69 people were infected in the past week. Among them, 27 people do not know where they got infected, and experts say that it is impossible to deny the possibility that it has spread throughout the city.

In preparation for the infection spreading again in Fukuoka prefecture, the Fukuoka Prefectural has set up a "Fukuoka Corona Alert" listed here based on these indicators. Such as if there is a risk that medical care would be limited, requesting medical institutions to improve their acceptance system, such as preparation for hospital beds. We are planning measures for the residents of the prefecture and businesses to follow.

For the "Fukuoka Corona Warning", the current situation is as follows.



 The number of infected people (3 day moving average) has not exceeded 8 people for 3 consecutive days
 The ratio of persons with unknown infection routes did not exceed 50% for 3 consecutive days
 On the other hand, the bed occupancy rate and the severe bed occupancy rate are

below 10% for the most recent week.


Thus, at this stage, the prefectural government has not reached the level of preparing to secure the medical service system, and there is ample room to spare.
However, depending on the situation in the future, it is expected that the situation will be severe. To not undermine the efforts that have been made up until now, it is necessary to stop the spread of this infection in Kitakyushu City spreading in Fukuoka Prefecture and become the second wave.

Therefore, we conducted a detailed analysis of the infections in Kitakyushu City, reviewed the current measures while gradually raising the socioeconomic level, and decided to adopt the following measures.


(1) Refraining from going out

①Residents living outside Kitakyushu City
ㆍ Release request for nonessential outings.
It is now possible to go to different prefectures, but be careful to going to Hokkaido, Saitama Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, Tokyo Prefecture, and Kanagawa Prefecture until June 18. Also, for the time being, when going to other areas within the prefecture, be careful to take into consideration the infection status in that area.
When going out, be sure to thoroughly implement infection prevention measures and avoid going to places where infection prevention measures are insufficient.

Regarding tourism promotion, we will start with sightseeing within the prefecture, and actively attract people from outside the prefecture after June 19th.

② Residents living in Kitakyushu City
For the time being, refrain from nonessential outings, both inside and outside the prefecture


(2) Holding of events

 Areas other than Kitakyushu city
You can hold events. In addition, when holding the events, take the appropriate infection prevention measures. If the appropriate infection prevention measures cannot

be accommodated, the organizer should cancel or postpone the event.



 Kitakyushu city
To refrain from holding events until June 18

 
(3) Facility closures

 Areas other than Kitakyushu City
 Cancellations of the previous request for closures.
When re-opening, be sure to take appropriate infection prevention measures for each facility type, such as "allocated seats on all sides" and "appropriate disinfection and cleaning when customers are come in and out" at all facilities.
Especially, take strict measures to prevent infections at facilities where clusters occurs in Japan.
In the future, when a cluster occurs, we will consider request to close the facilities in that facility type.

 Kitakyushu city
Due to clusters occurring in Japan so far, we request the closures until June 18th for restaurants and live houses with entertainment, which has a high risk of infection. (A detailed analysis of the status of infection in Kitakyushu City may be carried out, and if the results become clear, the request may be lifted.)

* Regarding restaurants with entertainment, regardless of the name of the cabaret, night club, snack, bar, pub, etc., those with entertainment for customers, are subject to closure request. 
* For prefectural schools in the Kitakyushu area, we will carry out shifted school attendance for one week from June 1 for the time being. Regarding municipal schools and private schools, the head of the facility will make the decision referenced the prefectural schools.

 
(4) Attendance at work
To reduce contact with people, such as teleworking, staggered work hours and commuting by bicycle


(5) Practice of new lifestyle
Continue to practice "new lifestyle" guideline to prevent the spread of infection, such as "maintaining social distance", "wearing a mask", and "washing hands" which are the three basics of infection prevention.


(6) Consultation with medical institutions
If you fall under any of to , please consult the "Returnees / Contacts Consultation Center"

 If you have any of the following symptoms: shortness of breath (dyspnea), strong dullness (fatigue), high fever, etc.
 If you are a seriously ill or a pregnant woman and have a relatively mild cold symptom such as fever or cough.
 If you have a relatively mild symptom of fever or cough, etc.

Do not go directly to your doctor when if you have a cold, such as a fever or cough and visit your doctor, always consult by phone in advance.

 
In the future, we will face the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) until vaccines and therapeutic agents are developed and collective immunity has acquired. Whether or not this battle can be overcome with the awareness and actions of each prefectural resident and the power and unity of this region will be challenged.

Everyone is at risk of being infected and at risk of being infected.


In order to protect yourself, your family, the people around you, the community and society, we would like you implement the "new lifestyle" guidelines to prevent the spread of infection and to implement thorough infection prevention measures.


With the spread of infections in Kitakyushu City, infected people, their families, medical staff are facing discrimination such as slander and bullying, due to anxiety and prejudice.
Prejudice and discriminatory behavior is unacceptable. We ask all prefectural residents to act in harmony with present information, and to act calmly based on reliable information.


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 Foreigners)


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