Fukui Prefecture’s Business Suspension Compliance Grant, Payment Timeline

Fukui Prefecture’s Business Suspension Compliance Grant, Payment Timeline

Various Issues Clarified, Including Which Industries Can Apply and Grant Amount

Below are a collection of questions, and answers by Fukui Prefecture, regarding the grant businesses can receive upon cooperating with the prefecture’s request to suspend operation (from April 25th to May 6th), as a measure against the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

When is the period of application and what are the required documents? When will the grant be paid out?
The details of the arrangement are still under review. The grain is to be paid out on May 6th, at the end of the business suspension period.

Why are daiko taxi services, barbershops, and beauty salons not listed under the business suspension request? Can such businesses receive a grant if they voluntarily suspend operations?
On the basis of maintaining social life, such businesses are regarded as essential, and thus not listed under the request, as is also considered in the Tokyo metropolitan area and Ishikawa Prefecture. Even if the business voluntarily suspends operation, a grant will not be paid out.

Restaurants and izakayas have been operating under the request to restrict hours between 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and to serve alcohol up to 7:00 p.m. Can such establishments receive the grant while operating under the request of restricted hours?
Half of the grant will be paid out. Small to medium-sized establishments can receive ¥250,000, and individual owner-managers can receive ¥100,000.

Can restaurants that normally only operate during this time (between 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) receive a grant?
No. However, those that suspend business for the whole day can receive ¥250,000, as a small to medium-sized establishment, or ¥100,000 as an individual owner-manager.

What about restaurants that operate as both an eat-in and take-out establishment?
Restaurants limiting eat-in service between 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. will be covered. Even if the establishment conducts a take-out service outside the restricted hours, a grant will still be paid out.

Must businesses be suspended throughout the whole period of April 25th to May 6th in order to receive a grant?
Yes. Businesses that have already suspended operations from before April 25th will also be covered.

In a case where a business person manages multiple enterprises, covered under the business suspension request, within the prefecture, will a grant be paid out for each establishment?
The businessperson themselves will receive a grant, but not for every shop.

In a case where a shopping centre suspends operations on its own volition, forcing its tenants to suspend business, will a grant be paid out?
Taking in consideration the numerous circumstances that arise from local businesspersons operating in a cooperative system, as is in a shopping centre, a grant will be paid out. The amount is currently under adjustment.

What is defined as a small to medium-sized enterprise, in applying for the grant?
It will be defined differently in each industry, based on the amount of capital and the number of employees.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1074678

Business Suspension Compliance Grant, Fukui Prefecture to Give ¥500,000 to SMEs

Business Suspension Compliance Grant, Fukui Prefecture to Give ¥500,000 to SMEs

For 100 Different Industries, Individual Owner-Managers to Receive ¥200,000

On April 23rd, Fukui Prefecture officially announced a request for businesses within the prefecture, in roughly 100 different industries, to suspend operations from April 25th to May 6th, in an effort to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Small and medium-sized enterprises that cooperate with the request can receive a ¥500,000 grant, while individual owner-managers can receive ¥200,000, similar to Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures. Prefectural Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto explained the preceding details in a scheduled conference.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1073830

Mask Purchase Ticket, Only One Box Until May 4th

Mask Purchase Ticket, Only One Box Until May 4th

Fukui Prefecture, Consideration in Order to Distribute to As Many People As Possible

On April 23rd, regarding the mask purchase project overseen by Fukui Prefecture for its citizens, the prefecture resolved to only sell one box per ticket until May 4th. The volume of masks from the outset of the project is low, and consideration was given for the masks to be distributed to as many citizens as possible.

From April 24th, the masks will be sold at every Genky Drugstore. Fukui Prefecture has secured 420,000 boxes of masks (with 50 masks in each box); however, the majority of the shipment will be made after April 30th. The Fukui Prefectural Business Establishment & Operations Department addressed in a statement, “For those looking to purchase two boxes at once, please come to make a purchase from May 5 and onward.”

Furthermore, the Fukui Prefectural Police asks everyone to exercise caution to prevent traffic accidents resulting from congestion in the store parking lot and surrounding areas, as well as vehicle burglary of the masks. There will be an increase of police patrols.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1074168

New COVID-19 Case of a Fukui City Woman

New COVID-19 Case of a Fukui City Woman

April 24 Report, Fukui Prefecture’s 120th Case

On April 24th, Fukui Prefecture reported its 120th case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) of a Fukui City unemployed woman in her 60s. The woman is a close contact of a previously confirmed COVID-19 case within the prefecture. On April 4th, the woman made close contact with someone infected with the virus, and had been staying at home since the 5th. The woman has had close interactions with one other person, a family member living in the same residence.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1074651