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Issuing of the Fukuoka Corona Alert(As of January 20)

Updated:2022年1月20日更新 print

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The Fukuoka Prefectural Government has decided to activate the "Fukuoka Corona Alert" on Thursday, January 20.

On Wednesday, January 19, the number of new cases has reached a record high of 2,208. This is the fastest rate ever experienced in the prefecture (about 80 times in two weeks), and the infection is spreading not only in urban areas but also in the whole prefecture. In the past week, 55% of the total cases were among teenagers and people in their 20s. The number of hospitalized patients as of Wednesday, January 19, was about 2.3 times that of a week ago (95 to 214).

The status of infection as of Wednesday, January 19, using the indicators of the "Fukuoka Corona Alert" is as follows.

- The number of new positive cases has been increasing at the 7-day average for about 3 weeks.

- The hospital bed utilization rate is 13.6%.

- Omicron strains have been almost completely replaced, and breakthrough infections are also appearing.

According to our projections the percentage of those who will be hospitalized out of the number of new cases in the 6th wave and the average length of hospitalization, the hospital bed utilization rate is expected to exceed 15% by Friday, January 21, which is the guideline for issuing an alert.

Therefore, after making a comprehensive judgment based on the opinions of experts and consultations with municipalities, the Fukuoka Corona Alert will be issued. Saga Prefecture and Oita Prefecture, which are adjacent to Fukuoka Prefecture, will join in requesting the national government to apply the priority measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

To avoid confusion among the prefectural residents and businesses, the prefectural government will implement its own measures equivalent to the priority measures, as it is expected to be a short period of time before the priority measures are applied.

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The period of the measures will be from Monday, January 24 to Sunday, February 20, and the area of the measures will apply to the entire prefecture.

Request to Prefectural Residents

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When going out, please wear a mask, including those who have been vaccinated, and disinfect your hands and take your temperature at the places you visit. Please ensure that basic infection control measures are taken. In addition, please carefully check the infection status of your destination and the infection prevention measures of the facilities you use, and refrain from going out to crowded places or places with high risk of infection. If you have symptoms such as fever, please avoid going out and proactively visit a medical institution to have a checkup.

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Please refrain from unnecessary moving across prefectures, especially to and from the state of emergency zone and priority zones. If it is necessary to move, please undergo PCR or other tests to confirm that you are negative.

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When going out to eat, please choose a restaurant that has received third-party certification from the prefectural government, or that complies with industry-specific guidelines, and refrain from using restaurants that do not have thorough infection prevention measures in place. Also, please do not enter or leave the establishments after the requested hours.

Generally, no more than four people may use the same table in a restaurant.

Please limit meals to two hours or less, including meals at private homes, and wear a mask and avoid shouting during conversations, as prolonged meals tend to make people loud due to heightened mood and loss of attention.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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Restaurants and their patrons should comply with the "Guidelines to Avoid Infection Risk while at Restaurants"(Attachment1).  

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When singing at karaoke, please wear a mask, keep a distance of at least 2 meters from the person singing, and keep a distance of at least 1 meter between seats. Please disinfect microphones and other equipment each time people change.

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Regardless of whether you have been vaccinated or not, asymptomatic people who are concerned about being infected due to being in an environment with high risks of infection, etc., should take the free test offered by the prefectural govenrment. Currently, this service is available at 218 locations in the prefecture.

Request to restaurants and Bars etc.

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We request all restaurants to shorten their business hours. For certified restaurants, the hours of operation will be from 5:00 to 21:00, with alcoholic beverages served from 11:00 and stop at 20:30. Please display the "Infection Prevention Certification Mark" issued by Fukuoka Prefectural Government outside the restaurant in a place where users can see it.
Restaurants that are not certified should keep their business hours between 5:00 and 20:00 and not serve alcoholic beverages. Certified restaurants may also choose not to serve alcoholic beverages between the hours of 5:00 and 20:00, just like non-certified restaurants.

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Please post a notice stating whether alcoholic beverages are served or not in a visible location outside the store so that patrons can learn about the status of the store in question.

Generally, no more than four people from the same group can be admitted to the same table in both certified and non-certified stores. Among certified stores, stores registered with the Vaccine and Testing Package System may allow more than 5 people at the same table if all users have undergone PCR and other tests and have been confirmed negative.

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Restaurants that respond to requests to shorten their business hours will be given a cooperation money.

The amount of the cooperation money will be

- If the hours of operation are until 21:00, the amount of cooperation fee will be 25,000 yen to 75,000 yen per day, depending on the amount of sales.

- If the hours of operation are until 20:00 and no alcoholic beverages are served, both certified and non-certified stores will receive 30,000 yen to 100,000 yen per day, depending on their sales.

In addition, restaurants that have already received this before will receive a portion of the amount in advance. The amount is 475,000 yen for 21:00 and 570,000 yen for 20:00.

Request to Businesses

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Businesses are urged to strongly promote initiatives to reduce human contact, such as Work from home, reducing the number of workers, staggered work hours, and bicycle commuting. Pay attention to the switching of places such as break rooms, changing rooms, and smoking rooms, and take thorough measures to prevent infection. In addition, please encourage your employees to take thorough measures to prevent infection both inside and outside the workplace.

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Businesses such as logistics and transportation services, financial institutions, infrastructure companies, and waste disposal companies play a very important role in ensuring the stability of people's lives and the economy. Omicron strains are highly infectious, so please take measures to prevent infection.

In Conclusion

I am very sorry to have to burden the prefectural and businesses once again, but I ask for your understanding and cooperation. Let us ourselves act cautiously and carefully in our daily lives and take care of each other and implement basic infection prevention measures. Let us act with a sense of protecting each other and work together to stop the further spread of infection.

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