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Information Regarding COVID-19

Announcement from Fukuoka City (April 19, 2021)

Stay Indoors Unless Absolutely Essential until May 19!

Due to the alarming increase of COVID-19 cases in Fukuoka City, the Fukuoka Prefectural Government is urging residents to comply with requests to stay indoors unless for essential activities and is urging foodservice businesses to restrict their business hours.

You are urged to comply with the following between April 20 and May 19:

Remaining Indoors
・Do not leave the house or travel unless for essential activities* even during the day.
*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
・Do not travel to regions under official emergency measures to halt the spread of COVID-19 and other regions with high numbers of COVID-19 cases.
・If travelling between prefectures, check the local COVID-19 situation and government measures in your destination, and carefully consider your journey before making it.
・Do not leave the house or travel if you display any symptoms such as a fever.

Preventative Measures
・Be thorough with basic measures to prevent the spread of the virus, such as washing your hands, gargling, wearing a mask, properly ventilating the room and avoiding the 3C’s:
 ・Crowded places
 ・Close contact
 ・Confined spaces
・COVID-19 is spreading amongst young people in their 20s and 30s and the number of people developing sever symptoms is increasing. Be careful of your own actions to prevent the spread of the virus to the elderly.
・When eating and drinking out, do so in small numbers, do not raise your voice, wear a mask when talking and finish within two hours. This includes gatherings in private homes.
・If you must eat out, choose an establishment that is not crowded and is taking thorough measures to prevent infection by ventilating the establishment, ensuring social distancing between seating, providing physical barriers to prevent droplet transmission.
・Cluster infections are occurring in daytime karaoke establishments. Wear a mask when visiting these establishments.

Restricting Business Hours for Food and Other Service Providers
Restrict business hours to between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. if you are a foodservice operator, including restaurants, cafés, karaoke and other establishments legally permitted to serve food products under the Food Sanitation Act.
⚠Duration: Thursday, April 22 to Wednesday, May 19 (including food stalls such as yatai, but excluding delivery and takeout services)
⚠Restrict alcohol serving hours to between 11 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. (last order).
⚠Small to medium sized businesses complying with business hour restrictions can receive between \25,000 to \75,000 per day, and large businesses can receive up to \200,000 per day in financial support from the Fukuoka Prefectural Government. Check the official Fukuoka Prefecture website for more details.

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

⚠Foodservice operators must continue to take care with the following measures:
・ventilate the venue thoroughly as required.
・keep the volume of background music to a minimum to prevent customers from talking loudly while eating and drinking.
・provide shatter proof acrylic screens or other appropriate physical barriers to prevent transmission when appropriate social distancing cannot be maintained. Display the official Infection Prevention Declaration sticker to show customers you are taking the necessary measures.
・install a sign in the entrance of your business refusing entry to anyone who is unwell, not wearing a mask or removes their mask when not eating.

Events
Until April 30, events with raised voices or cheering must be held at less than 50% capacity. Events without raised voices or cheering must be held at less than 50% capacity or a maximum of 5,000 people, whichever number is bigger.
Social distancing of one meter must be ensured and maintained for events with no defined capacity limit.

If you have a fever or any cold-like symptoms, contact your local doctor or medical facility by telephone for advice first.
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)

Announcements about COVID-19 from Fukuoka Prefecture and Fukuoka City are continually updated, so keep checking the links below to keep up to date.

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

Fukuoka City Website (Support for Foreigners)
https://www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/shisei/gshien/index.html

Reference: Fukuoka City Financial Support Measures Announced on February 3

①Support for Businesses with Decreased Sales
The Fukuoka City Government is providing financial support for businesses whose sales have been negatively affected by restrictions on foodservice business hours and movement restrictions but are not eligible for Fukuoka Prefecture’s or the national government’s subsidies. Corporate businesses are eligible for up to ¥150,000 and sole proprietors are eligible for up to ¥100,000.

Fukuoka City Website | Support for Businesses with Decreased Sales
https://www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/keizai/kokusaikeizai/business/uriage_shi en.html 

Infectious Disease Resilient City Initiative
Businesses that sell products or services to residents from a physical shop may be eligible to receive subsidies to cover construction and other costs incurred when installing new features that improve infection prevention and control capabilities in their business.

Fukuoka City Website | Infectious Disease Resilient City Initiative
https://fukuoka-kansenshotaioucity.jp/

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

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Establishment of the Fukuoka City COVID-19 Vaccination Call Center (March 8, 2021)

The Fukuoka City Government will set up the Fukuoka City COVID-19 Vaccination Call Center to provide information, answer enquiries and help with the provision of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Details can be found below.

Fukuoka City COVID-19 Vaccination Call Center
 
Tel: 092-260-8405
 Open Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (including, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays)
 Multilingual support available in English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepali, Spanish, Portuguese

 You will be able to book your appointment for your COVID-19 vaccine after you have received your vaccination ticket. The government is currently making the necessary preparations.

●Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine
 https://www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/soki/kokusai/shisei/COVID19vaccine_EN.html


Announcement from Fukuoka Prefecture (December 16, 2020)

 Fukuoka Prefecture Website


Announcement from Fukuoka City (December 4, 2020)

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 (382kbyte)pdf

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Announcement from Fukuoka Prefecture (November 20, 2020)

 Fukuoka Prefecture Website


Announcement from Fukuoka City (October 30, 2020)

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, 2020)

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, 2020)

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