Yesterday a state of emergency was declared for 7 prefectures seriously affected by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), including Tokyo.
Cases of the Novel Coronavirus are also increasing in quick succession within Fukui Prefecture and we are on the verge of declaring a state of emergency.
Therefore, we are asking all Fukui Prefecture residents to follow the following guidelines through April 19th (Sun).

 1,Do not go outside on weekends or weekday nights for non-essential travel and refrain from holding or participating in any gatherings

Those with light or no symptoms can still spread the coronavirus virus unknowingly. To prevent further spread of the virus, do not go outside on weekends or weekday nights and do not hold or participate in any gatherings. Please refrain from going to dine-in restaurants or drinking establishments until April 23rd (Thurs).

2,Take measures to prevent the risk of infection
 
Do not go outside if you have a fever or other symptoms and practice handwashing, cough etiquette, and take measures to both prevent the risk of being infected or infecting others. 
If you feel unwell, do not go outside and first call your nearest Health Center or your regular physician and follow their advice. 
If a family member is ill, isolate their living space and shared items and disinfect bathrooms and other shared spaces to prevent against infections spreading at home.

3,Avoid the “three Cs”: Confined spaces, crowded places, and close contact settings
 
Avoid confined spaces with poor ventilation, crowded areas, and talking in close contact. These three factors are the biggest risk factors for spreading and contracting the coronavirus and it is important to avoid settings where these factors overlap.
Stores and business owners should implement measures to prevent crowds forming such as handing out numbered tickets to limit the number of customers inside at one time and switching to takeout. Ask customers and staff to wear masks and take measures to prevent the risk of infection. 

4,Employers should implement new working policies and strictly monitor employee health

Employers should implement policies to reduce the risk of infection, including promoting work-from-home, taking employees’ temperatures in the mornings, and implementing rules about hand washing and wearing masks.
 The Fukui Prefectural Government is implementing the following policies:
 Offices will be separated into two groups and alternating between work-from-home
and flex time
 Period: April 10th (Fri) – April 24th (Fri)

5,Do not travel outside the prefecture, including the areas included in the state of emergency declaration
 
Refrain from nonessential travel to and from areas where there are outbreaks of the coronavirus, including the prefectures included in the state of emergency declaration.
Advise and instruct those coming to Fukui of the current advisories and prevention measures.

6 Do not buy more than you need and stay calm.

Do not buy large amounts of food, household goods, or medical supplies. Buy what you need, stay calm, and listen to the advice of national and local governments.

7 Protect Civil Liberties and Personal Information

We ask for your understanding and cooperation to please not discriminate or spread false rumors against patients, close contacts of patients, or the medical professionals or institutions involved. 


April 8th, 2020
Tatsuji Sugimoto, Governor of Fukui
 

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