Fukui Railway Carries Out Large-Scale Disinfection on Trains and Stations

Fukui Railway Carries Out Large-Scale Disinfection on Trains and Stations

Novel Coronavirus Countermeasure, Thorough Action

During the early dawn of March 20th, in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Fukui Railway carried out a large-scale disinfection on all its 20 trains, excluding those currently under inspection, and the station premises. Upon the confirmation of Fukui Prefecture’s first confirmed COVID-19 case, Fukui Railway employees thoroughly sanitized various parts of the trains, including the floors of the passageway and hand straps.

As a countermeasure against COVID-19, Fukui Railways has been scrubbing down its operating trains since the beginning of March; but with the predicted increase in passengers, with the eventual reopening of schools as one of the factors, the disinfection of train interiors and station premises altogether has been directed as a full-scale measure.

During the night, approximately 20 railway employees were working hard on the trains stationed in Echizen City’s Echizen-Takefu Station and Fukui City’s Tawaramachi Station.

At Echizen-Takefu Station, disinfection began from midnight, after the train service had ended for the day. While wearing protective gear, such as goggles and rubber gloves, employees used towels, soaked with disinfectant, to wipe down the train interiors, including the fare boxes, hand straps, handrails, windows, and the automated ticket machines on the station premises. The passageway floors were sprayed with disinfectant.

Things within the station premises, including the pillars and glass panes in the waiting rooms, were also disinfected.

“Through our commitment to high grade prevention measures, we hope to create a safe and secure environment for passengers,” says Sachio Sawazaki, company director of Fukui Railway.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1051661

Soothing the Heart of Cherry Blossom Viewers with Lanterns’ Glow

Soothing the Heart of Cherry Blossom Viewers with Lanterns’ Glow

Fukui’s Atagozaka and Yokozaka, with 140 Lanterns

From March 23rd, located on the north side of Mount Asuwa, within Fukui Prefecture’s Fukui City, the steps of Atagozaka and Yokozaka will be lit up with 140 lanterns. With the soft light of Japanese candles as far as the eye can see, the paths are filled with a magical atmosphere. The lanterns will remain until April 7th.

Known as the “Corridor of Lights’ (灯の回廊), the lanterns are set up every year to coincide with the Fukui Sakura Festival. This time, however, the festival has been suspended due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), as a measure to ensure the safety of those visiting the are to view the cherry blossoms.

Just after six in the evening, the iron lanterns placed along the stone steps are lit up, illuminating the steps and buildings with a faint orange glow.

A third-year elementary school girl, visiting from within the city alongside two family members, said with a smile, “I want to come back again, once the cherry blossoms are fully bloomed.”

Paper lanterns have been set up around Mount Asuwa by the “Sakura Lights Association”, a group created by local residents within the Asuwa district, and will also be lit up from the 23rd.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1053602