Dispatching of Fukui Prefectural Staff and Limiting Admission Under Consideration
From April 23rd, Fukui Prefecture will be distributing mask purchase tickets to every household within the prefecture; the prefecture requests its citizens to proceed in a composed manner. Among the 300,000 boxes of masks secured by Fukui Prefecture, roughly half is scheduled to be delivered by April 30th, with the prefecture stating, “From the end of this month, there will be plenty of masks available at the storefront; there will be no need to panic and rush in on the first day of sale.”
The tickets, printed on postcards, will be sent to every household within the prefecture over the period of April 23rd to the 30th, and masks will be on sale from April 24th to May 10th. According to the prefecture, approximately 13,000 boxes will be delivered to Genky; thereafter, between 2,000 and 5,000 boxes will be delivered on each day until April 30th, where approximately 170,000 boxes will be delivered. On top of the 300,000 boxes, a plan has been established to secure additional masks after May 1st.
Because of the low level of supply delivered at the beginning, some store locations are expecting to sell out on the first day of sale, on April 24th. Fukui Prefecture expressed, “The delivery of goods will gradually increase, with hopeful prospects during May 2nd to the 4th; when going to the store, we hope for people to avoid periods of crowding, such as immediately after when the store opens.”
The prefecture has also been considering the concern of customers flooding the stores, creating situations involving the “Three Cs” (Closed space, Crowded places, and Close-contact settings). The prefecture is currently contemplating whether to dispatch its staff to each store location.
In a conference on April 21st, Genky Drugstores Company President Kenichi Fujinaga explained the measures in a situation where many citizens may visit the store at the same time:
- Limit the number of customers inside the store to 30-50 people.
- Mark spots on the floor, to maintain a fixed distance between customers standing in line to the cash register.
- Raise a plastic sheet at the cash register, to prevent potential infection spread by respiratory droplets.
For those looking to buy masks, customers can take their ticket to a Genky store to purchase up to 2 boxes of masks, priced at ¥2,350 (tax included) per box, with 50 masks in each box. The Fukui Prefecture Mask Project Centre (operating from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) has been established within the Fukui Prefectural Office a day early, from April 22nd, and will respond to inquiries. The centre’s phone line is 0776 (20) 0749.