Fukui Prefecture, Request to Suspend Business for Hotels and Ryokans

Fukui Prefecture, Request to Suspend Business for Hotels and Ryokans

Novel Coronavirus Countermeasure, Until May 6th

On April 27th, Fukui Prefecture announced a new request for hotels, ryokans, guesthouses, and other such facilities that provide lodging, to suspend business, as a measure to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) through travel and tourism during Golden Week. The request is to have establishments closed during April 29th to May 6th. Small to medium-sized establishments can receive a grant of ¥500,000, while individual owner-managers can receive ¥200,000 if they comply with the request.

Up to this point, regarding accommodation facilities, the request to suspend operations from April 25th to May 6th were specifically for areas that hosts gatherings, such as banquet halls, and not the areas that provide accommodation. Restaurants within the facilities were also requested to limit its hours.

According to Fukui Prefecture, there are approximately 600 accommodation establishments within the prefecture. If the whole establishment suspends operations during the designated time period, they will be able to apply for the grant. For establishments with banquet halls or restaurants, those areas must also be closed or have their hours reduced from April 25th in order to qualify. Regardless of how the establishment is classified, such as a “business hotel” or a “fishing lodge”, the prefecture will respect the business operator’s own judgement on whether the main purpose of their facility is to lodge guests.

Fukui Prefecture considered addressing a request to suspend business upon receiving a notice from the Japanese government stating, “Accommodation facilities that serve travellers and looking to continue operations during the long holiday will not be supported.” Because of the need to notify and make adjustments for customers who had already made reservations during Golden Week, the closure is to take place from April 29th. Ryokans and hotels part of an association have already received the request for business suspension.

Inquiries can be made to the Fukui Prefecture Emergency Measures Call Center at 0776 (20) 0766.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1077024

Awara Onsen’s Ryokans and Hotels All Suspend Operations

Awara Onsen’s Ryokans and Hotels All Suspend Operations

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.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1075737

Hotel Secured for COVID-19 Patients with Mild Symptoms

Hotel Secured for COVID-19 Patients with Mild Symptoms

Novel Coronavirus Countermeasure

On April 20th, Fukui Prefecture reported one new case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the prefecture a total of 113 confirmed cases. At the same time, in a response to the strain being experienced by medical care facilities, a hotel has been requisitioned for COVID-19 patients currently under treatment, who are only experiencing mild symptoms.

According to Fukui Prefecture, the newly confirmed COVID-19 case is of a Fukui City female company employee in her 40s. The infection route is currently unknown and undergoing investigation. This bring the total number of confirmed cases within the prefecture to 113, with 5 COVID-19 related deaths up to this point. 27 patients have been discharged from the hospital; however, 4 patients are in serious condition, and are continuing to receive treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU).

It has been disclosed that for the COVID-19 patients who are asymptomatic or are only experiencing mild symptoms, the Fukui Phoenix Hotel (located in central Fukui City) has agreed to offer itself as a temporary medical treatment facility; securing 80 hospital beds within the hotel, it will be established as a medical facility from April 24th. Combined with the public facilities already operating for COVID-19 treatment, a total of 115 hospital beds is now secured for patients with mild symptoms.

In a hypothetical situation where the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare does not execute any COVID-19 countermeasures, the number of infections within Fukui Prefecture was calculated to peak at 1,450. With this in min, the prefecture is aiming to secure a total of 500 hospital beds, one-third of the hypothetical peak, by setting up beds designated for COVID-19 patients, and temporary residence facilities.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=128330&page=1