Lifting of Fukui Prefecture’s Business Suspension Request for Some Establishments, Joy and Anxiety

Lifting of Fukui Prefecture’s Business Suspension Request for Some Establishments, Joy and Anxiety

Libraries and Some Business Establishments, Thorough Coronavirus Countermeasures

On May 11th, Fukui Prefecture’s business suspension request for roughly 100 industries, as a preventative measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), will be lifted for some establishments. With the request to refrain from nonessential outings during the daytime on weekdays also lifted, shops and other establishments welcome customers and visitors, upon taking thorough infection prevention measures.

The suspension request will be lifted for libraries, art museums, and businesses establishments with less than a total of one thousand square metres of floor space, including cram schools. Food establishments that were once requested to reduce or change its hours will be able to operate with its regular hours.

Ozaki Sports (headquartered in Fukui City), which has four locations within Fukui Prefecture, has reopened all of its shops, after being closed from April 25th, following the business suspension request.

“We are finally able to provide customers with sports supplies; the staff, all of us, are very happy,” said the store manager of the Aback Stadium location, who had grown tired of waiting to reopen.

However, with “the biggest concern being the spread of infection,” numerous measures are being implemented, such as plastic sheets set up at cash registers to block the spray of respiratory droplets, and hand sanitizers places at multiple points within the shop.

On this day, junior and senior high schools students visit the shop, in the midst of their school’s closure, evaluating products in anticipation of the resumption of the school club activities.

“I was thinking about joining the baseball club, so I came here to buy clothes and equipment for when club activities begin. I’d also want some equipment i can use to train while at home,” said a first-year Koshi Senior High School male student, looking around the store.

Fukui Prefecture’ business suspension request is until May 20th for leisure establishments, theaters, sports facilities, and large-scale companies. A request to refrain from nonessential outings during weekday evenings and weekends is also in place until the 20th.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1083936

Schedule for the ¥100,000 Allowance, Within Fukui Prefecture

Schedule for the ¥100,000 Allowance, Within Fukui Prefecture

Novel Coronavirus, List of Application and Payment Schedule for Municipalities

On May 11th, bank transfers for the Special Economic Stimulus Fund, which is a national emergency economic measure against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, that grants ¥100,000 to each resident within the country, had begun in 3 cities within Fukui Prefecture: Ono City, Katsuyama City, and Tsuruga City. In addition to Obama City, which began distribution from May 8th, residents within 4 cities of the prefecture have been receiving the funds. In Fukui City, where over 260,000 residents are applicable for the fund, online applications using the Individual Number Card has also begun.

In Ono City, up until the morning of May 7th, online and mail-in applications were processed and paid out through bank transfers to 7,280 individuals across 2,380 households. The second round of payment will take place on the 15th. In Katsuyama City, applications received up to May 6th from 140 households (for 491 individuals) have distributed the funds through bank transfers, with the second round of payments taking place on the 14th for applications received on the 7th and 8th, from 4,048 households (for 12,503 individuals). Tsuruga City has processed and paid out applications for 209 households (for 508 individuals), which were received until the morning of May 7th. The second round of payments are to take place on the 15th.

On May 8th, Obama City distributed the funds to 206 individuals, across 77 households; on the 11th, the city processed bank transfers to 58 individuals across 24 households. On the 12th, bank transfers for 35 individuals across 12 households were processed.

Sabae City will carry out the first round of bank transfers on May 14th, while Echizen City will do so on the 15th.

On May 11th, online applications were accepted across 13 municipalities, including Fukui City, Echizen City, Eiheiji Town, and Takahama Town. 6 municipalities, including Awara City, have been accepting mail-in applications.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1084262

Fukui Prefecture to Extend Request for Business Suspension

Fukui Prefecture to Extend Request for Business Suspension

May 5th, Small-Scale Establishments Requested Until the 10th

On May 5th, in response to the extension of the declaration of a state of emergency by the Japan government, as a measure against the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Fukui Prefecture has decided to extend the request to suspend business within the prefecture until May 20th, while relatively small-scale businesses, such as cram schools, are to suspend operations until the 10th, in regards to the request already in place for roughly 100 industries until May 6th. Establishments like restaurants will also be requested to reduce or change their business hours until the 10th.

As for residents within Fukui Prefecture, there is a request to refrain from non-essential outings throughout the whole day until May 10th; from the 11th, the request will be eased to only weekday evenings and weekends.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1080842

Tsuruga City to Provide ¥400,000 Grant to Support SMEs Affected by COVID-19

Tsuruga City to Provide ¥400,000 Grant to Support SMEs Affected by COVID-19

Tsuruga City will be providing a grant of up to ¥400,000 to business owners who have experienced a decrease in sales, as an effect from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The grant is to provide financial support for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and individual owner-managers within Tsuruga City to maintain their businesses. The requirement for the grant is for the business to experience a decrease of at least 20% in sales during a three-month period within January to June of 2020, in relation to the sales number of 2019 of the same period; SMEs can receive a grant of ¥400,000, while individual owner-managers can receive ¥200,000.

The funds will come from Tsuruga City’s financial adjustment reserve, taking ¥1 billion from the city’s accumulated ¥3.2 billion. Applications will be accepted in May, after the long holiday, and the grant is expected to begin paying out during the same month, at the earliest.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=128596&page=1

40% of Net Cafes, Not Complying with Business Suspension Request

40% of Net Cafes, Not Complying with Business Suspension Request

Fukui Prefecture, Less than 10% of Pachinko Parlours Continue Operations

On April 28th, regarding the request for businesses within the prefecture to suspend operations, as a measure to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Fukui Prefecture reported at 40% of net cafes and less than 10% of pachinko parlours have not been complying with the request.

In the April 28th press conference, Fukui Prefectural Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto pointed out, “Most businesses have been cooperating in suspending operations; however, there are some which are not.” While a request to suspend business has already been resent, governor Sugimoto stated, “When asking what to do after looking at the current results, we will first request for cooperation,” in regards to publicizing the establishments not complying with the request, based on the Novel Coronavirus Special Measures Act.

Fukui Prefecture had requested roughly 100 industries to suspend operations from April 25th to May 6th. April 25th and 28th were spent investigating the business suspension situation, by visiting or contacting establishments using information obtained through the internet or the phone book. The results of the investigation showed that 100% of karaoke boxes, bowling alleys, and movie theatres were closed.

On the other hand, up to 60% of net cafes were cooperating with the suspension request. 96% of sports clubs were closed, as well as 92% of pachinko parlours. Fukui Prefecture has sent another request for business suspension to establishments still operating. The number of establishments investigated was not disclosed.

Furthermore, regarding the request to reduce the operating hours of restaurants, coffee shops, izakayas, and other businesses serving food, an investigation, which took a random pool of establishments, showed that 100% have been cooperating with the request.

Concerning the business suspension request, each area has a pachinko parlour not complying with the request, and there have been an increasing movement of publicly calling out the establishments.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1077204