Across 500,000 Household Within the Prefecture, Up to 100 Masks
On April 28th, Ishikawa Prefecture reported that it will be distributing tickets to its approximately 500,000 households within the prefecture, which would allow its residents to secure masks, in response to the difficulty in obtaining masks, as an effect from the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Prefectural Governor Masanori Tanimoto expressed his outlook, “The purchase tickets will be mailed during mid-May, allowing residents to begin purchasing tickets, at soonest, closer towards the end of the month.”
Each household will be able to purchase up to two boxes of masks (with each box containing 50 masks) at “Kusuri no Aoki”, a drugstore chain headquartered in Ishikawa Prefecture. A company within the prefecture, that handles medical equipment, will be in charge of supplying the masks.
Both Toyama and Fukui prefectures have also announce the initiative to distribute mask purchase tickets across all households within its respective prefectures. In Fukui Prefecture, the sale of masks, with the tickets, have begun from April 24th at drugstores within the prefecture.