Fukui Prefectural Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto, Regarding Prefectural Residents’ Use of Masks
In a regularly scheduled press conference on June 11th, while maintaining distance from the press gallery, Fukui Prefectural Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto was in attendance without wearing a mask. The governor explained, “This is the period where the first wave of (the novel coronavirus [COVID-19] infection) has ended, and the reopening of the economy has begun. I had thought that, to understand my mental process and through my facial expressions, this is something I wish to convey to everyone.”
Since April, during the press conferences where COVID-19 cases were reviewed, Prefectural Governor Sugimoto had worn a mask.
On June 11th, addressing the prefectural residents regarding the use of masks, the governor stressed, “We must avoid situations where infections are contracted via respiratory droplets”. At the same time, it was indicated that as long as a “social distance” of two metres is maintained, taking off one’s mask poses no problems.