Fukui Railway and Echizen Railway, COVID-19 Countermeasures

Fukui Railway and Echizen Railway, COVID-19 Countermeasures

Corresponding With School Reopening, Publishing Congestion Information and Organizing Flexible Train Numbers

Coinciding with the schools reopening from June 1st, two local railway companies within Fukui Prefecture are applying various means to reinforce novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection countermeasures, in order for high school students to safely commute to school using public transportation. Fukui Railway will be publishing information on Twitter during the morning rush hours, regarding the state of train congestion every day. Fukui Railway is encouraging dispersed train usage, in line with avoiding the “Three C’s” (Closed spaced, Crowded places, and Close-contact settings). Echizen Railway will be coordinating with the staggered school commute schedule, and operate multiple trains on a flexible schedule.

Fukui Railway will post regularly on Twitter of operation information, and the train schedule for the FUKURAM, the next-generation series of low-floor trams, that has been popular with children. From June 1st, using information regarding the state of congestion and rate of passengers on 8 trains departing from Echizen-Takefu Station between 6:00 a.m. and 7:38 a.m., the number of trains operating around 4:00 p.m. will increase accordingly. The information will then be used as a reference in the trains to be operated during the next morning.

Effort will also be put into spreading knowledge of infection prevention measures. On May 29th, Fukui Railways staff put up posters within train interiors and station premises. The poster has 8 inscriptions, requesting everyone’s cooperation, such as, “Whenever possible, have at least 1 metre of space from each person within the train”, “Do not crowd around the entrance ways”, and “Refrain from conversation within the train as much as possible”.

In addition, the ticket vending machines, ticket counters, and train hand straps will be disinfected with alcohol, among other thorough infection countermeasures. Sachio Sawazaki, company director of Fukui Railway, expressed, “We wish for all high school students to use the trains with peace of mind.”

With Echizen Railway, the company has been operating its trains on a flexible schedule, in order to help high school students avoid the “Three C’s”. For example, the 8:39 a.m. and 9:09 a.m. trains departing from Fukui Station to Mikuni-Awara Onsen each operate with one carriage; however, anticipating the number of students with staggered commuting schedules within central Fukui, transferring through JR Fukui Station, the trains will temporarily operate with two carriages from June 1st.

Along with disinfecting train hand straps and the station premises with alcohol, train windows will be opened regularly for ventilation. Echizen Railway expressed, “We will absolutely make sure that infection prevention measures are carried out, and proceed to fulfill our mission and duty as a public transportation system.”

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1095779

Fukui Prefecture, 33rd Consecutive Day With No New COVID-19 Infection

Fukui Prefecture, 33rd Consecutive Day With No New COVID-19 Infection

Novel Coronavirus, May 31st Report

On May 31st, Fukui Prefecture reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Since April 29th, it is the 33rd consecutive day without a new COVID-19 case.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1096042

School Club Activities, External Games May Be Possible from June 27th

School Club Activities, External Games May Be Possible from June 27th

Notification from the Fukui Prefectural Board of Education to Prefectural Schools, A Rough Estimation

Coinciding with the school reopening on June 1st, the Fukui Prefectural Board of Education sent a notification to every prefectural school, regarding sports club activities, and a guideline for practice intensity. Starting with physical training, practice intensity will rise across four stages, with approximately 10 days for each stage. The main concept is to reach a level where external games and tournaments can be held within the prefecture after one month.

From the beginning of club activities until June 10th will be the “adjustment period”, where the reconstruction of the foundations of physical health and conditioning will take place. Following that, until the 19th, will be basic sports training, and team practice. Upon carrying out training at the level of tournament-style practice, external games and tournaments, as well as training camps, within the prefecture can be possible form the 27th. Practice are to be limited within school grounds, and where training regularly takes place.

In order to avoid crowding during club activities, the allotment of days and times of when club activities will be carried out, and making use of the school hallways or stairways, among other ideas, are being considered. Meetings, and the like, are to be executed with proper distancing and avoiding close formations.

For clubs that use equipment, like balls, the equipment is to be carefully and thoroughly wiped down with disinfectant. Training equipment is also to be disinfected each time after a person has finished using it. Before and after practice, everyone is to wash their hands with soap.

It has been requested that practice menus for sports that involve physical contact, such as basketball, judo, and wrestling, are to be devised while referring to the guidelines set by the Central Sports Organization.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1094490

Fukui Prefecture, 32nd Consecutive Day With No New COVID-19 Infections

Fukui Prefecture, 32nd Consecutive Day With No New COVID-19 Infections

May 30th Report

On May 30th, Fukui Prefecture reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Since April 29th, it is the 32nd consecutive day without a new COVID-19 case.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1095634

Fukui Prefecture, 31st Consecutive Day With Zero New COVID-19 Infections

Fukui Prefecture, 31st Consecutive Day With Zero New COVID-19 Infections

Novel Coronavirus, May 29th Report

On May 29th, Fukui Prefecture reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Since April 29th, it is the 31st consecutive day without a new COVID-19 infection.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1094926