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Comment from the Mayor Regarding the Lifting of Ibaraki Prefecture's Own State of Emergency (February 22, 2021)

February 24, 2021 3:04 PM | Others


[Provisional Translation]

At a press conference today, Ibaraki Governor Oigawa announced that he would be lifting the Prefectural State of Emergency from Tuesday February 23. The Prefecture's COVID-19 response level was also lowered from Stage 3 to Stage 2. This will result in the lifting of requests to the entire Prefecture to avoid non-essential travel, and to all restaurants and bars to shorten service hours. However, please continue to thoroughly observe preventative measures to stop the spread of infection when eating with other people, as well as wearing face masks where possible.

In response to the lifting of the Ibaraki Prefecture's Own State
of Emergency, Tsukuba City will take the following measures from February 23
(Tue).

・Events co-organized by the City
The City will make decisions on setting capacity limits
according to the types of events, and then hold the events after taking
appropriate measures to stop the spread of infection.
Information on events including the list of canceled or
postponed events is updated on the City's official website. Please refer to the
link below for details (available in Japanese only):
https://www.city.tsukuba.lg.jp/kosodate/oshirase/1009662.html 

・Public Facilities
All City-owned facilities will be open, though some facilities
may be subject to restrictions. Information on each facility is updated on
the City's official website. Please refer to the link below for details (available in Japanese only):
https://www.city.tsukuba.lg.jp/kosodate/oshirase/1009752.html

・Response for Schools
Club activities will be allowed on Saturdays and Sundays, but
school sports events, games, matches, training camps, etc. will remain
cancelled. School sports facilities will reopen for external activities.

Although the Prefectural State of Emergency is lifted, the risk
of infection still remains. In Tsukuba City, there were no positive cases
today, but in Ibaraki Prefecture 14 people tested positive. I would like to ask
all residents to remain cautious and to thoroughly observe preventative
measures to stop the spread of infection including washing hands frequently, observing
"coughing manners" such as wearing face masks, and avoiding the "Three Cs" -
which are closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings.

Tatsuo Igarashi,
Mayor of Tsukuba City

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