As the movement of people within Fukui Prefecture has decreased, the number of new infections has shown signs of calming down. However, we must continue to keep a watchful eye to prevent against new infections spreading from other prefectures.
In order to prevent the further spread of the virus and to safeguard the lives and health of our residents, we ask all Fukui Prefecture residents to follow the following guidelines through May 20th (Weds).
Additionally, we ask our residents to be aware of and continue to practice the guidelines outlined in the "10 Points to Reduce Human Contact by 80%" and the “New Lifestyle Practical Examples” released by the central government.
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). Starting from May 11th (Mon), you may resume going outside on weekday afternoons.
It is also acceptable to resume family outings with family members of the same household, including eating out and outdoor activities such as hiking, picnicking, and BBQing within Fukui.
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. When possible, keep two meters (minimum one meter) away from others, wear a mask, practice hand washing frequently, 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 social distancing, hand washing, and wearing masks, employers 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 or spread confidential information or false rumors regarding patients, close contacts of patients, or the medical professionals or institutions involved.
May 7th, 2020
Tatsuji Sugimoto, Governor of Fukui