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Message by Governor Kuroiwa(英語)
Message by Governor Kuroiwa
Today, the national government declared a state of emergency in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba prefectures where the novel coronavirus is spreading very fast.
In response to the declaration, Kanagawa Prefectural Government (K.P.G.) requests the prefectural citizens and business operators the following based on the “K.P.G. Implementation Policy for Emergency Response Measures Based on the Act on Special Measures”.
[To prefectural citizens]
・We request to refrain from outing as much as possible unless it is necessary to maintain living based on item 1, Article 45 of the Act on Special Measures. Especially, avoid unessential outing after 20:00.
・Avoid “five situations” that increase the risk of infection. Thoroughly take prevention measures such as teleworking and staggering working hours.
[To business operators]
- Based on item 9, Article 24 of the Act on Special Measures, we request eating and drinking establishments and karaoke bars that serve alcoholic beverages in Yokohama City and Kawasaki City to stop serving alcohol by 19:00 and close by 20:00 from January 8 to 11.
- We also request eating and drinking establishments and karaoke bars that serve alcohol in the entire prefecture to stop serving alcohol by 19:00 and close by 20:00 from January 12 to February 7.
- Financial compensation for cooperation will be paid to the establishments that comply with this request. We may take necessary measures against those that do not, such as making a stronger request based on item 2, Article 45 of the Act on Special Measures.
- In addition, entertainment facilities and sports and game facilities that may lead to occasions of dining are encouraged to stop serving alcohol by 19:00 and close by 20:00, though this is not based on the Act on Special Measures.
- Events will be restricted to up to 5,000 attendees and half of their venue capacity. This request is applied to events with ticket sales starting on and after January 8.
- Regarding workplaces, we ask companies to facilitate telecommuting and working in rotation to reduce the number of workers going to the office by 70%. It is also requested to promote staggered commuting hours and lunch breaks to avoid crowded and close-contact settings, and call for workers to refrain from dining in a group.
- We also ask for your cooperation in switching off neon signs by 20:00 and turning off illumination lights earlier.
[To colleges and schools]
- We request colleges and schools to call for students to thoroughly implement basic infection prevention measures and restrain themselves from dining in a group. In particular, strict infection control is requested for group actions including dormitory life and club or extracurricular activities.
These requests are made in order to protect lives of you and your loved ones, such as your family and friends.
We will continue our all-out effort to secure the medical care provision system, expanding consultation services at the call center so that we can provide guidance to citizens and business operators anytime when necessary.
Now is the time to share the strong sense of crisis with all of you. Let us get united to overcome this unprecedented crisis.
January 7, 2021
Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture