Tsuruga City to Provide ¥400,000 Grant to Support SMEs Affected by COVID-19

Tsuruga City to Provide ¥400,000 Grant to Support SMEs Affected by COVID-19

Tsuruga City will be providing a grant of up to ¥400,000 to business owners who have experienced a decrease in sales, as an effect from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The grant is to provide financial support for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and individual owner-managers within Tsuruga City to maintain their businesses. The requirement for the grant is for the business to experience a decrease of at least 20% in sales during a three-month period within January to June of 2020, in relation to the sales number of 2019 of the same period; SMEs can receive a grant of ¥400,000, while individual owner-managers can receive ¥200,000.

The funds will come from Tsuruga City’s financial adjustment reserve, taking ¥1 billion from the city’s accumulated ¥3.2 billion. Applications will be accepted in May, after the long holiday, and the grant is expected to begin paying out during the same month, at the earliest.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=128596&page=1

40% of Net Cafes, Not Complying with Business Suspension Request

40% of Net Cafes, Not Complying with Business Suspension Request

Fukui Prefecture, Less than 10% of Pachinko Parlours Continue Operations

On April 28th, regarding the request for businesses within the prefecture to suspend operations, as a measure to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Fukui Prefecture reported at 40% of net cafes and less than 10% of pachinko parlours have not been complying with the request.

In the April 28th press conference, Fukui Prefectural Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto pointed out, “Most businesses have been cooperating in suspending operations; however, there are some which are not.” While a request to suspend business has already been resent, governor Sugimoto stated, “When asking what to do after looking at the current results, we will first request for cooperation,” in regards to publicizing the establishments not complying with the request, based on the Novel Coronavirus Special Measures Act.

Fukui Prefecture had requested roughly 100 industries to suspend operations from April 25th to May 6th. April 25th and 28th were spent investigating the business suspension situation, by visiting or contacting establishments using information obtained through the internet or the phone book. The results of the investigation showed that 100% of karaoke boxes, bowling alleys, and movie theatres were closed.

On the other hand, up to 60% of net cafes were cooperating with the suspension request. 96% of sports clubs were closed, as well as 92% of pachinko parlours. Fukui Prefecture has sent another request for business suspension to establishments still operating. The number of establishments investigated was not disclosed.

Furthermore, regarding the request to reduce the operating hours of restaurants, coffee shops, izakayas, and other businesses serving food, an investigation, which took a random pool of establishments, showed that 100% have been cooperating with the request.

Concerning the business suspension request, each area has a pachinko parlour not complying with the request, and there have been an increasing movement of publicly calling out the establishments.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1077204

Like a Summer Day in Every Part of Fukui Prefecture, Obama at 26.8⁰C

Like a Summer Day in Every Part of Fukui Prefecture, Obama at 26.8⁰C

Nine Sites Measure the Year’s Record High

On April 30th, a high-pressure system was cast over Fukui Prefecture, causing the temperature to rise. Up until 3:00 p.m., with temperature highs at 26.8⁰C in Obama City, and 26.0⁰C in Tsuruga City, six observation sites recorded temperatures above 25.0⁰C.

Up to 3:00 p.m. on April 30th, excluding Sakai City-Mikuni, nine observations sites within the prefecture saw its record high for the current year. After Obama and Tsuruga, other sites that saw summer-like temperatures were Fukui City at 25.6⁰C, Katsuyama City at 25.0⁰C, Ono City at 25.5⁰C, and Minamiechizen Town-Imajo at 25.6⁰C. Sakai City-Harue was at 23.7⁰C, Fukui City-Koshino was at 22.9⁰C, Mihama Town was at 23.1⁰C, and Sakai City-Mikuni was at 21.8⁰C, with each site becoming as warm as it would be during late May or early June.

According to the Fukui Local Meteorological Office (on April 30th, 11:00 a.m.), the forecast for May 1st is clear weather with clouds in the morning and evening for the Reihoku area, and clear weather for the Reinan area. The temperature high is expected to reach between 25⁰C and 26⁰C, continuing this early summer weather.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1078315

Fukui Prefecture, Request to Suspend Business for Hotels and Ryokans

Fukui Prefecture, Request to Suspend Business for Hotels and Ryokans

Novel Coronavirus Countermeasure, Until May 6th

On April 27th, Fukui Prefecture announced a new request for hotels, ryokans, guesthouses, and other such facilities that provide lodging, to suspend business, as a measure to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) through travel and tourism during Golden Week. The request is to have establishments closed during April 29th to May 6th. Small to medium-sized establishments can receive a grant of ¥500,000, while individual owner-managers can receive ¥200,000 if they comply with the request.

Up to this point, regarding accommodation facilities, the request to suspend operations from April 25th to May 6th were specifically for areas that hosts gatherings, such as banquet halls, and not the areas that provide accommodation. Restaurants within the facilities were also requested to limit its hours.

According to Fukui Prefecture, there are approximately 600 accommodation establishments within the prefecture. If the whole establishment suspends operations during the designated time period, they will be able to apply for the grant. For establishments with banquet halls or restaurants, those areas must also be closed or have their hours reduced from April 25th in order to qualify. Regardless of how the establishment is classified, such as a “business hotel” or a “fishing lodge”, the prefecture will respect the business operator’s own judgement on whether the main purpose of their facility is to lodge guests.

Fukui Prefecture considered addressing a request to suspend business upon receiving a notice from the Japanese government stating, “Accommodation facilities that serve travellers and looking to continue operations during the long holiday will not be supported.” Because of the need to notify and make adjustments for customers who had already made reservations during Golden Week, the closure is to take place from April 29th. Ryokans and hotels part of an association have already received the request for business suspension.

Inquiries can be made to the Fukui Prefecture Emergency Measures Call Center at 0776 (20) 0766.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1077024

Eighth COVID-19 Related Death Within Fukui Prefecture, of Fukui City Woman

Eighth COVID-19 Related Death Within Fukui Prefecture, of Fukui City Woman

April 30 Report, No New COVID-19 Infections

On April 30th, Fukui Prefecture reported its 8th novel coronavirus (COVID-19) related death, of a Fukui City unemployed woman in her 80s; the woman was the prefecture’s 81st COVID-19 case, and had passed away due to pneumonia, as a symptom of the virus.

The woman was a patient at the Fukushima Urology Clinic, located in Fukui City, where multiple physicians and patients had been confirmed with COVID-19. On April 5th, she experienced a fever of 37.4⁰C, but temporarily saw an improvement in condition. As a close contact of a clinic staff who had been infected with COVID-19, the woman was tested on April 9th, and was confirmed positive for the virus. The woman was equipped with an oxygen mask from April 28th. She had no record of travel outside the prefecture during the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms.

As of noon on April 30th, there have been no new COVID-19 infections within Fukui Prefecture.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1078265