Fukui Prefecture’s Hot Spring Resorts, Until May 6th
In response to the Japanese government’s urgent request for tourist hotels to restrict business operations, fifteen ryokans and hotels within Fukui Prefecture’s Awara City, all of which are part of the Awara Onsen Association, have decided to close down from April 26th to May 6th.
Upon receiving the request from the government, Awara Onsen Association executives held a conference, and arrived at a consensus to suspend business for all facilities until the end of Golden Week. Customers who made reservations were contacted and notified. According to the association, a majority of the facilities will continue to be closed until around May 20th.
“We absolutely do not want any more infections to come out of Awara Onsen, and thus we cannot operate during these uncertain times. Every hotel and ryokan has come together to put the lives and safety of our customers and staff at the highest priority,” said Awara Onsen Association Board Chairman Kazuyuki Ito, on the official notice of closing down lodging facilities, and the objective to curb the travel of people during the holidays.
Information Released on Fukui Prefecture’s Website
On April 26th, Fukui Prefecture began posting information on its website regarding the mask purchase project, and where the masks have sold out. On the same day at 6:00 p.m., of the 64 Genky store locations, 36 locations have sold out of masks. Without a delivery of stock on April 27th, the 36 stores will not be selling masks from its opening hours.
Each store location’s status, on whether it has sold out of masks, is posted on the the Fukui Prefecture Business Establishment & Management Department (福井県創業・経営課) web page. The information is updated twice a day, at noon and 7:00 p.m.
On April 28th, every store will receive a restock of the masks; from May 1st, there is expected to be an abundance of masks. Fukui Prefecture expressed, “As we have secured enough for each household to be able to purchase 2 boxes of masks, there will be no need to panic.”
April 27th: Novel Coronavirus, Company Executive in his 50s
On April 27th, Fukui Prefecture reported its 7th novel coronavirus (COVID-19) related death, of an Echizen City male company executive in his 50s, who was also the prefecture’s 12th COVID-19 case. On March 22nd, the man experienced a fever, and was later confirmed to be infected with the virus on the 28th.
As of noon of April 27th, there have been no new confirmed COVID-19 cases within Fukui Prefecture.