COVID-19 Information and ResoucesCOVID-19 Information and Resouces

COVID-19 Declaration of State of Emergency

Duration of State of Emergency

May 23th, 2021 - Aug 31st, 2021

Areas Under State of Emergency

Okinawa

Duration of State of Emergency

July 12th, 2021 - Aug 31st, 2021

Areas Under State of Emergency

Tokyo

Duration of State of Emergency

Aug 2nd, 2021 - Aug 31st, 2021

Areas Under State of Emergency

Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Osaka

Priority Preventative Measures

Duration of Priority Preventative Measures

Aug 2nd, 2021 - Aug 31st, 2021

Areas Under Priority Preventative Measures

Hokkaido, Ishikawa, Kyoto, Hyogo, Fukuoka

Please do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Key points to be shared with the public

(Core idea)

  • In areas where a state of emergency has been declared, measures for dining and drinking, which are the main starting points for the spread of infection, will be further strengthened. Furthermore, in light of the conventional COVID-19 presumed to be replaced by a mutated strain (delta strain) of the B.1.617.2 variant from here on, thorough infection prevention measures will be taken, including measures to control the flow of people as wells as actively implementing testing strategies.
  • Regarding areas removed from the state of emergency (including areas that have changed to be under priority preventative measures), restrictive measures will be relaxed in stages, and necessary measures will remain in place until the spread of the virus is curbed to the equivalent of stage 2 or lower. Furthermore, effective and strong infection control measures shall promptly be implemented in case of a resurgence in infections.
  • Regarding areas under priority preventative measures, effective measures will be thoroughly implemented within the duration and areas specified by the prefecture where the risk of infection is high, such as those involving dining and drinking. In particular, as strict measures will be taken in the areas under state of emergency, each prefecture may strengthen measures to prevent the spread of infection to neighboring areas.
  • In areas with confirmed resurgence of infection, the Government and prefectures will closely work together to implement focused and intensive PCR testing, requests to shorten business hours, etc. We will also promptly implement effective and strong infection control measures by flexibly utilizing priority measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

■Request to people in areas under state of emergency

(1) Going out / Traveling

  • Please cooperate by refraining from going out and traveling unnecessarily, including during the daytime. In particular, please refrain from going out unnecessarily after 8:00 p.m., avoid crowded places and times, and strictly refrain from using restaurants and other places where infection control measures have not been thoroughly implemented.
  • For the purpose of preventing the spread of infection to other areas, please refrain from unnecessary and non-urgent outings as much as possible. For those traveling due to unavoidable circumstances, please take all possible measures to prevent infection and have a checkup before departure or at the place of arrival.
    ※The request to refrain from going out does not apply to activities necessary to maintain one's life and health, such as visiting medical institutions, shopping for food, medicine, and daily necessities, work commutes where necessary, and exercising or walking outdoors.

(2) Holding of social gatherings, events, etc.

  • Social gatherings, events, etc., should be held in accordance with the scale requirements set by the prefectural government, such as a maximum of 5,000 people and a capacity rate of 50%, and should run no later than 9:00 p.m. In addition, when holding an event, please ensure compliance with industry-specific guidelines, and take measures to avoid the "The Three Cs" as well as dining and drinking before and after the event.

(3) Use of facilities

  • Restaurants, etc., that serve alcoholic beverages or have karaoke are asked to cooperate with closure requests. This includes karaoke establishments that do not have a food and beverage license and restaurants that allow customers to bring alcoholic beverages into the establishment. However, those that have stopped serving alcoholic beverages, allowing karaoke or alcoholic beverages to be brought into the establishment by customers are exempt.
  • All other restaurants are requested to cooperate in closing by 8:00 p.m. to shorten business hours. (delivery and take-out services are excluded).
  • Facilities used by a large number of people and have a total floor space of more than 1,000 square meters are requested to cooperate in closing by 8:00 p.m. to shorten business hours. Event-related facilities are exempt. However, for event-related facilities, please cooperate in ensuring that facilities meet the requirements set by the prefectural government, such as a maximum of 5,000 people and a 50% capacity rate, and having events end no later than 9:00 p.m.
  • Businesses should comply with industry-specific guidelines.
  • Please cooperate if the prefectural government requests restaurants take preventative measures. Such measures may include organizing customer entry, customer mask requirements, prohibiting entry of those who do not follow infection prevention measures, and infection prevention by droplets through conversations (by installing dividers that can block droplets or ensuring appropriate distance between customers). In addition, when organizing customer entry to prevent crowding, please inform the public of the implementation of such measures through your website.
  • Please do not drink alcohol in groups on the streets or in parks.

(4) Work commutes / Telework

  • Businesses should strive to reduce the number of employees commuting to work by 70% through telecommuting (telework) and promoting the use of leave and holidays.
  • In light of the strict prohibition on going out unnecessarily after 8:00 p.m., please refrain from working after 8:00 p.m. unless necessary for the continuation of your business.
  • When going to work, we strongly encourage staggered work hours, commuting by bicycle, and other measures that reduce person-to-person contact.
  • Businesses are requested to proactively announce their implementation status to reduce the number of employees commuting to work by 70% through telecommuting and other measures.
  • Businesses shall install carbon dioxide monitoring devices to help assess ventilation quality.

(5) In addition to the above, at the discretion of the prefectural governor, requests may be made regarding the holding of events or the use of facilities based on the infection situation. For details, please refer to the prefecture's website.

■Requests to all residents of areas under priority preventative measures

  • Restaurants are required to shorten business hours to end by 8:00 p.m. (excluding home delivery and take-out) and restrict serving alcoholic beverages within the duration and areas (under prevention measures) specified by the prefectural governor. However, at the discretion of the prefectural governor, may allow alcoholic beverages can be served until 7:00 p.m. at restaurants that meet certain requirements and have taken appropriate measures to prevent infection.
  • In light of infection clusters frequently observed at daytime karaoke, please refrain from visiting establishments with karaoke for the time being and follow the requests from the prefectural government. Examples of such establishments include daytime snack bars, karaoke cafes, and others that mainly serve food and beverages.
  • Please cooperate if the prefectural government requests restaurants take preventative measures. Such measures may include organizing customer entry, customer mask requirements, prohibiting entry of those who do not follow infection prevention measures, and infection prevention by droplets through conversations (by installing dividers that can block droplets or ensuring appropriate distance between customers). In addition, when organizing customer entry to prevent crowding, please follow the requests from the prefectural government.
  • At large-scale facilities that attract visitors, please cooperate with the prefectural government if they ask you to shorten business hours or organize visitor entry into the establishment.
  • Businesses are expected to comply with industry-specific guidelines.
  • Please do not drink alcohol in groups on the streets or in parks.
  • Residents are requested to refrain from visiting restaurants outside the shortened business hours. Residents are also requested to refrain from going out and moving around unnecessarily (including during the daytime), avoid crowded places and times, and refrain from using restaurants and other establishments that do not have thorough infection control measures in place or that have not responded to requests to shorten business hours. In addition, please refrain from unnecessary travel between prefectures, especially to and from areas under state of emergency.
  • Organizers are requested to hold social gatherings, events, etc., in accordance with the scale requirements and time limits set by the prefectural government (e.g., a maximum of 5,000 people).
  • To reduce the number of opportunities for contact, including reducing the number of employees commuting to work by 70%, businesses are requested to ensure that employees work from home (telework) or work in rotating shifts in workplaces that require attendance.
  • Businesses are requested to proactively announce their implementation status to reduce the number of employees commuting to work by 70% through telecommuting and other measures.
  • Businesses shall install carbon dioxide monitoring devices to help assess ventilation quality.

■Requests to people in other areas

(1) Going out / Traveling

  • Avoid situations that increase the risk of infection, such as "The Three Cs" and "Five Situations that Increase the Risk of Infection."
  • Please follow basic infection control measures, such as keeping a safe distance between people, wearing masks, hand washing, and other hand hygiene.
  • Follow the "new normal" way of life to prevent the spread of infection.
  • When traveling to other prefectures for homecoming, vacation, etc., please follow basic infection prevention measures, including avoiding the "The Three Cs" and especially refrain from eating in large groups. Also, if you have symptoms such as fever, please refrain from going home or traveling.
  • Please refrain from unnecessary travel to areas where infections are spreading.
  • Use facilities that comply with industry-specific guidelines.

(2) Holding of social gatherings, events, etc.

  • When organizing events, please take appropriate infection prevention measures based on the "New Lifestyle" and industry-specific guidelines. In addition, if the local government provides requirements for holding an event or infection prevention measures to be taken by the organizer, please comply with the requirements. In prefectures where the state of emergency and the priority preventative measures have been lifted, as a transitional measure for about one month, either a maximum of 5,000 people or a maximum of 50% of the capacity (with an upper limit of 10,000 people), should be taken. Please hold the event following the capacity requirements for the time limit set by the prefectural government.
  • Regardless of the scale of the event, basic infection prevention measures should be taken, such as arranging seats so that "The Three Cs" does not occur, maintaining a safe distance between people, wearing masks, and the management of performers and participants during and after the event by the organizer. In addition, please prepare a list of participants, obtain their contact information, and encourage performers and participants to use the Contact Confirmation Application (COCOA).
  • If there are signs of the spread of infection or the occurrence of clusters at events, etc., please respond to requests for cooperation from the local government, such as strengthened restrictions on the number of participants, requests to make the event spectator-free, postponement or cancellation of events, etc.

(3) Work commutes / Telework

  • Take steps to reduce person-to-person contact, such as telecommuting, staggered work hours, and commuting by bicycle.
  • Businesses are expected to proactively announce their implementation status of the number of employees who come to work through the use of telecommuting.
  • Thoroughly implement measures to prevent infection in the workplace, as well as actions to avoid "The Three Cs" and the "Five Situations That Increase the Risk of Infection," using practical examples such as the following: hand washing, hand disinfection, cough etiquette, maintaining a safe distance between employees, encouraging ventilation in the workplace, disinfecting areas that are touched by multiple people, having employees with symptoms such as fever refrain from going to work, using video conferencing to reduce employee travel on business trips, staggered lunch breaks, and taking measures in group living areas such as company dormitories. Take account of movement between rooms (such as break rooms, changing rooms, smoking rooms, etc.) in the workplace, and install carbon dioxide monitoring devices to help assess ventilation quality. Furthermore, in workplaces and stores, please practice the industry-specific guidelines.

(4) Use of facilities, etc.

  • In areas where the state of emergency has been lifted, the request to shorten business hours for restaurants will continue for the time being, with gradual relaxation. Restaurants and bars offering karaoke will be asked to refrain from using such equipment for the time being, and expected to follow the requests announced by the prefecture upon the lifting of the state of emergency. For areas other than those state above, please follow the request of each prefectural government if there is a request for necessary cooperation, such as restriction of the use of facilities.
  • Facilities where clusters have previously occurred or where the "The Three Cs" are known to occur are asked to cooperate with local government requests based on the infection situation in that area.

How to prevent resurgence in daily life

Points about dining

Choose a restaurant that is well ventilated, has sufficient distance between seats, has appropriately sized acrylic panels, and is not crowded.

Points about dining 01

Have your meal in a short time, do not drink alcohol in excess, do not talk loudly, and wear a mask when talking.

Points about dining 02

The more people you have in your group, the higher the risk. Try to eat only with family members or limit the number of people in your group to four.

Points about dining 03

Points about daily life

When going out, choose quiet times and places. Regardless of whether it is a weekday or holiday, refrain from eating in crowded locations.

Points about daily life 01

Company management should strive to promote safe conditions in the workplace and opportunities for remote work.

Points about daily life 02

Five situations that increase the risk of infection.

Situation 1Social gatherings with drinking alcohol

  • Drinking alcohol improves mood and at the same time decreases attention. In addition, hearing is dulled and it leads to speaking in a louder voice.
  • The risk of infection increases when large numbers of people are in a small space for a long time.
  • In addition, sharing glasses and chopsticks increases the risk of infection.
Social gatherings with drinking alcohol

Situation 2Long feasts in large groups

  • Long-term meals, dinner receptions, and drinking alcohol at night increases the risk of infection compared to a short meal.
  • The risk of infection is increased by eating and drinking in a large group of people, for example, 5 or more people, because in groups you have to talk louder and droplets of saliva spread more often.
Long feasts in large groups

Situation 3Conversation without a mask

  • Talking at close range without a mask increases the risk of airborne or micro-droplet infection.
  • Cases of infection without masks were observed during gatherings at daytime karaoke.
  • Please be careful when traveling by car or bus.
Conversation without a mask

Situation 4Living together in a small limited space

  • Living together in a small limited space increases the risk of infection because the enclosed space is shared by several people for a long time.
  • There have been reports of suspected infections in common areas such as dormitory rooms and bathrooms.
Living together in a small limited space

Situation 5Switching locations

  • When you move to another location, such as when you take a break in a workplace, the risk of infection may increase due to the feeling of relaxation and changes of the environment.
  • Suspected cases of infection were identified in break rooms, smoking areas, and changing rooms.
Switching locations

Points to keep in mind during dining

To all people

  • If you are going to drink alcohol, you should:
    • (1) Drink in small groups and for a short time.
    • (2) Drink only with people you usually spend time with.
    • (3) Don't drink too much or too often, and drink in moderation.
  • Do not share chopsticks and glasses.
  • Seating should be arranged diagonally across the table. Try to avoid sitting directly in front of or beside each other. There have been reports of infection where people were sitting in front of or right next to each other at meals, but not when sitting diagonally across from each other.
  • Remove your mask only when eating and wear your mask when talking.
    (Note that face shields and mouth shields*1 are less effective than masks*2.)
  • Choose an establishment that complies with the guidelines*, such as proper ventilation and other measures.
  • Do not participate in social activities if you are not feeling well.

To establishments

  • Establishments should follow the guidelines*.
    (For example, make sure employees are in good health, wear masks, use effective acrylic panels at each seat, and use appropriate fans in combination with ventilation.)
  • Encourage customers and staff to comply with the above practices and to download the contact verification application (COCOA).

Guidelines to keep following in all situations, including drinking situations

  • The basic rule is to wear a mask and avoid "The Three Cs." Also, ensure good ventilation indoors.
  • Keep social gatherings small and short.
  • Don't talk loudly and keep conversations as quiet as possible.
  • Clean and disinfect common facilities, and thoroughly wash hands and disinfect with alcohol.
*1
Face shields were originally used in conjunction with masks to prevent droplet infection through the eyes, while mouth shields have been used by some industries.
*2
Further evidence regarding the effectiveness of the prevention of COVID-19 infection is required.
*In one restaurant where there were infected employees, there were no infected customers (out of over 100 people) because the restaurant complied with the guidelines, ventilation was provided by opening windows, and there was adequate distance between customers.