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Mayor's comment regarding declaration of prefectural state of emergency by Ibaraki Governor (August 3, 2021)

August 5, 2021 9:57 AM | Others

[Provisional Translation]

At a press conference today (August 3), Ibaraki Governor Oigawa announced that he had raised the Prefecture's COVID-19 response level from Stage 3 to Stage 4, as well as declaring a Ibaraki Prefectural state of emergency. This state of emergency will take effect from August 6 (Friday) to August 19 (Thursday). The Governor requested the entire Prefecture to avoid non-essential travel, to avoid activities which increase the risk of infection, and to avoid traveling to and from prefectures currently under a state of emergency and other COVID-19 measures. He also urged all restaurants and bars in the Prefecture to withhold services between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. (and to stop serving alcohol at 7 p.m.). Ibaraki Prefecture will provide subsidies to restaurants and bars cooperating with this request for the entire period, aligned to the size of their business. Furthermore, Ibaraki Prefecture announced that in principle, it would close all Prefectural-owned facilities, and that it had requested the central government to declare a national state of emergency for the Prefecture.

With the variant driving up COVID-19 cases, the situation has changed dramatically over the last two weeks. As the Governor pointed out, hospitals could be overwhelmed due to the increase in bed occupancy. We would like to remind everyone that this is a serious situation in which anyone can potentially become infected. So, please absolutely avoid doing something that would increase the risk of infection such as talking with others without face masks, or eating and drinking in large groups. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this may cause for our residents and businesses. However, we kindly ask you to please cooperate with the request and continue to thoroughly observe appropriate preventative measures so that we can protect our healthcare system.

Tatsuo Igarashi,
Mayor of Tsukuba City

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