Emergency Measures to Curb COVID-19

Gunma Prefecture has implemented the following emergency measures to curb the spread of COVID-19

 

Gunma Prefecture is now subject to the state of emergency declared by the national government that was enacted in March. As such, Gunma Prefecture has implemented the emergency measures as described below:

 

1. Implementation period

For residents: April 17th to May 6th, 2020

For businesses based in Gunma: April 18th to May 6th, 2020

 

2. Scope of implementation: The entire área of Gunma Prefecture

3. Description of emergency measures

 

For residents

 

(1)  Request to self-isolate

-Stay home except for essential needs such as seeing a doctor, grocery shopping, and commuting to work.

-Refrain from travelling to other prefectures as there have been infection clusters caused by people travelling from urban áreas to Gunma.

-The above (1) is especially vital during Golden Week holidays. Non-essential travel including returning home to Gunma during this period is considered a high-risk fator in spreading the vírus further and raising the possibility of clusters.

 

For businesses based in Gunma

 

(2)  Facility shutdowns

-By law, facilities listed below are requested to shut down and ban events

 

Facility type Specific facility/bans
Entertainment Nightclubs, bars, darts bars, karaokê, live music venues, etc.
Colleges, universities, cram schools Colleges, vocational schools (senmon gakko), driving schools, cram schools, etc.*Total floor space of 1,000 square metres or larger
Schools Kindergartens, elementary & junior high schools, high schools, technical colleges (kosen), special needs schools, etc.
Sporting & amusement Gyms, swimming pools, bowling alleys, fitness clubs, pachinko parlours, mahjong rooms, game árcades, etc.
Theatres Theatres, movie theatres, performing arts facilities, etc.
Assembly & exhibition halls Assembly halls, museums, libraries, hotels & Japanese inns (to use for gatherings), etc.*Total floor space of 1,000 square metres or larger
Commercial Excludes facilities where essential daily items are sold*Total floor space of 1,000 square metres or larger

 

 

-Although facilities listed below are not among shutdown request facilities by law, voluntary closure is strongly requested.

 

Facility type Specific facility/ban
Colleges, universities, cram schools Colleges, universities, vocational colleges, driving schools, cram schools etc., with a total floor space of less than 1,000 square metres. If such facilities choose to continue to operate despite the strong request to close, they should execute adequate preventative measures
Assembly & exhibition halls Assembly halls, museums, libraries, hotels & Japanese inns (to use for gatherings), etc., with a total floor space of less than 1,000 square metres.
Commercial Commercial facilities with a total floor space of less than 1,000 square metres. Excludes facilities where essential daily items are sold.

 

 

-Because the facilities listed below are essential for daily life, shutdowns are in principle not requested, but management of such facilities is strongly urged to implemente adequate preventative measures.

 

Facility type Specific facility/ban
Medical Hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, etc.
Welfare Nurseries, after-school childcare facilities, workplaces for physically and mentally-challenged people
Facilities selling daily essentials Grocery stores, convenience stores, supermarkets, gás stations, etc.
Facilities providing meals Food & beverage establishments, restaurants, cafés, etc.
Housing & lodging Hotels, Japanese inns, etc.
Transport Buses, taxis, trains, etc.
Production Factories, workshops, etc.
Financial Banks, ATMs, insurance agencies, civil service offices, etc.
Other Barber shops, beauty parlours, sento public bath houses, post offices, wedding reception halls, funeral homes, crematoriums, laundromats, cleaners, etc.

 

 

Example of preventative measures

 

To prevent people with fevers from entering the premises -Have employees take their temperature and stop those with fever (37.5 degrees C or above) from coming to work-Take visitors’ temperatures and screen their health condition to stop those with fever or who are feeling unwell from entering the premises
Prevent the 3 Cs(CLOSED spaces, CROWDED places, CLOSE-CONTACT settings) -Limit the number of people who can enter a store at one time, prevent the formation of lines in the store and if people need to make a line ensure they stay 2 metres apart-Ensure adequate ventilation by opening Windows on opposing sides of a room-No meetings/gatherings with groups of people. Use vídeo or telephone conference systems to avoid face-to-face meetings.
Prevent droplets from flying around and contacting people -Make sure all employees wear face masks, disinfect their hands and fingers, exercise cough etiquete and thorough hand washing.-Make sure all visitors disinfect their hands and fingers, follow cough etiquete and wash their hands-Carry out sterilization of the entire premises regularly
Prevention measures while you are travelling -Encourage employees to avoid rush hours for commuting to work (off-peak hour commute, use of cars, bicycles or on foot)-Put a limit on the daily workforce by introducing telework-Cancel business trips by using vídeo & telephone conferencing instead, curb the number of visitors

 

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