Since the governor announced on April 7th that Fukui was on the verge of a state of emergency, cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have continued to emerge in Fukui, including instances of health care workers contracting the virus. It is a highly unpredictable situation and we need to take strong action.In order to prevent the further spread of the virus and to safeguard the lives and health of our residents, we urgently ask all Fukui Prefecture residents to follow the following guidelines through May 6th (Weds).

1. Do not go outside for any non-essential travel, refrain from holding or participating in any gatherings, and do not dine out with others

 It is necessary to reduce your rate of contact with others as much as possible,since those with light or no symptoms can still spread the coronavirus unknowingly.Do not go outside for any non-essential travel at all times, including weekdays,
and do not hold or participate in any gatherings or dine out with others (including all restaurants or drinking establishments with dine-in service). 

2. Take measures to prevent the risk of infection for yourself and those around you

 Absolutely do not go outside if you have a fever or other symptoms. Practice handwashing, cough etiquette, and take measures to both prevent the risk of getting infected or infecting others.If a family member is ill, isolate their living space by staying in separate rooms and eating separately, separate 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.Store 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. Implement strict measures to prevent against infections in the workplace

Employers should implement comprehensive policies to reduce the risk of infection, including implementing work-from-home (telecommuting) and dividing employees into different shifts to reduce the number of people in the workplace at one time. In addition to recording employees’ temperatures in the mornings and implementing rules about hand washing and wearing masks,workplaces should take extra prevention measures in areas where the “3 Cs” overlap like smoking areas, locker rooms, and cafeterias.If an employee is diagnosed with the coronavirus or comes into close contact with someone diagnosed with the coronavirus, companies should order all employees at the same workplace to isolate at home and cooperate with outbreak prevention measures as advised.

5. Do not go to be examined by a doctor without calling ahead first

If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms do not go outside and first call your nearest Health Center or your regular physician and follow their advice.Wear a mask when going to be examined.If you are still worried after being examined, consult with your nearest Health Center and avoid going to multiple medical institutions.

6. Cooperate when needed to support and protect health care workers

Please cooperate and take any measures needed to support and protect doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers.To protect the health care system, care facilities including childcare and elderly care institutions should cooperate fully to assist with the care for the family of health care workers.

7. Do not travel outside the prefecture, including areas currently issuing state of emergency declarations

Refrain from any nonessential travel to and from areas where there are outbreaks of the coronavirus, including prefectures currently issuing state of emergency declarations.Fukui residents should refrain from any nonessential travel outside the
prefecture entirely. Those coming to Fukui from other prefectures should self-isolate at home for two weeks upon arrival, monitor their health closely, and avoid all nonessential travel.

8. 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.

9. Protect civil liberties and personal information

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

April 14th, 2020
Tatsuji Sugimoto, Governor of Fukui