Domestic Travel Restrictions Lifted Across Japan, Fukui’s Tourist Attractions During the Weekend

Domestic Travel Restrictions Lifted Across Japan, Fukui’s Tourist Attractions During the Weekend

Number of Tourists from Outside the Prefecture Increased from 20% to 60%

On June 20th, Japan entered its first weekend after the domestic travel restrictions, placed by the Japan government, requesting self-restraint, was lifted; travellers have begun returning to tourist spots within Fukui Prefecture, raising anticipation for the return of crowds.

At Rainbow Line Summit Park, which spans across Mihama and Wakasa towns, and completed its renovations during the spring, has around 180,000 visitors in a year, approximately 70% of which are from outside the prefecture. During the past few days, the number of visitors from outside the prefecture went no higher than around 20%; however, on the 20th, that number increase to around 60%. License plates from the Kansai and Chukyo regions were conspicuous in the parking areas, which became fully occupied by 11 of the late morning.

“When the domestic travel restrictions were lifted, Fukui was the first to come to mind, which is why we came here. It feel refreshing, for the children as well, to go sightseeing outside our prefecture after such a long time,” said a family of tourists from Shiga Prefecture.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1108758

Fukui Prefectural Green Center, Completely Closed

Fukui Prefectural Green Center, Completely Closed

Until May 6th, Four Additional Michi-no-Eki Closed

On April 30th, in an effort to reduce the amount of traffic across the prefecture during the long holiday, Fukui Prefecture announced that the Fukui Prefectural Green Center (in Sakai City) will be completely closed from May 1st to the 6th, which includes its outdoor facilities, such as the open space lawn, and parking area.

Furthermore, the Michi-no-Eki (“roadside station”) in four locations will also be completely closed, including its parking areas, washrooms, and information booths, during May 1st to 6th; the four locations are “Ichijodani Asakura Mizu-no-Eki” in Fukui City, “Nishiyama Park” in Sabae City, “Zen no Sato” in Eiheiji Town, and “Mikatagoko” in Wakasa Town.

“Uminpia Oi” in Oi Town and “Seaside Takahama” in Takahama Town have already been closed, making 6 of the 15 Michi-no-Eki within Fukui Prefecture inaccessible.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1079060

Novel Coronavirus, Total of 5 COVID-19 Related Deaths in Fukui Prefecture

Novel Coronavirus, Total of 5 COVID-19 Related Deaths in Fukui Prefecture

First COVID-19 Case in the Reinan Area

On April 18th, Fukui Prefecture reported that a patient who had been infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has passed away. Within the prefecture, it is the 5th COVID-19 related death. In addition, there has been confirmation of the first COVID-19 case within the Reinan area.

Regarding the person who had passed away, in respect to the strong wishes of the family, the person’s gender, age, and residence has not been published.

Furthermore, the prefecture reported the confirmed COVID-19 infection of a Wakasa Town unemployed female (in her 30s), and of a Fukui City male company employee (in his 40s); this brings the total number of confirmed cases within the prefecture to 106, with 4 patients in serious condition.

Concerning the case of the Wakasa Town female, it is the first confirmed COVID-19 case within the Reinan area. During the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms, she had travelled within the Tokai and Kansai regions. On April 14th, she experienced a fever of at least 38⁰C. On the 17th, she took a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, and was confirmed as positive for the virus.

As for the Fukui City male, a colleague had been infected with COVID-19, and became a close contact.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=128267&page=1

First COVID-19 Case Confirmation in Fukui Prefecture’s Reinan Area

First COVID-19 Case Confirmation in Fukui Prefecture’s Reinan Area

April 18th, a Wakasa Town Woman

On April 18th, Fukui Prefecture reported its 105th and 106th confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), of one person in Wakasa Town, and one person in Fukui City. It is the first confirmed COVID-19 case within the Reinan area.

Brief details of the 105th and 106th cases are as follows:

[105] Wakasa Town unemployed female, in her 30s

[106] Fukui City male company employee, in his 40s

For the Wakasa Town female [105], during the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms, the woman had visited Shizuoka Prefecture, Aichi Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture, and Gifu Prefecture.

The Fukui City company employee [106] has had close contact with someone who had been confirmed with COVID-19.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1070876

Bento Lunch Delivery for Children During School Closures

Bento Lunch Delivery for Children During School Closures

In the Midst of the Novel Coronavirus, Hotel Supporting Dual-Career Families

In response to the school closures, resulting from the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Hotel Urban Port (in Fukui Prefecture, Obama City, Hiyoshi) started a home lunch delivery service, the “Home Meal Support Bento”, for elementary and junior high school students staying at home within the city. Until April 6th, the staff, who have children of their own, will be making deliveries during the weekdays. “This is a time to persevere. Even if just a little, we hope to help lighten the burden of dual-career families,” expressed the hotel.

The supervisor (aged 46) had planned the service alongside staff who were also parents. Information about the service was published on social networking sites from March 10th. On the first day, there was only one order. As word continued to spread, orders increased, with approximately 40 bentos delivered on March 13th.

There are five varieties of bentos. The hamburger steak, chicken karaage, and daily special bentos are ¥540 each (tax included). A Japanese and a western-style daily special bento, with a slightly larger portion, are ¥864 each. In addition to a coleslaw salad (¥162), Wakasa Beef Tendon Curry (¥378), and Wakasa Beef Stew (¥648) are also available for households that can prepare its own rice. Delivery is free.

To provide a sense of warmth and safety for children who are house-sitting by themselves, staff who are also mothers, will be in charge of the deliveries between 11:00 a.m. and noon. Bentos can also be picked up at the hotel. Orders are also supported for grandparents taking care of the children. While delivery generally operates exclusively within the city, the hotel will respond if there is a significant number of orders from outside the city. Advanced orders can be received up to 6:00 p.m. of the previous day.

“The price is reasonable. This service is really helpful,” says a female employee working in the city, as she picked up her order at Applaudir Hanasouju, a restaurant and wedding venue in Hiyoshi, on March 13th.

The supervisor, speaking from person experience, sympathized with all families, “There are many cases where, even when you had planned to prepare lunch for your child, things like work emergencies can arise, making it impossible to do so.” The supervisor also commented on the children’s situation, “Until the time comes when everyone can meet and have fun at school, I want them to do their best to persevere.”

Orders and inquiries can be made through Hotel Urban Port’s phone line 0770 (53) 2001, as well as to Applaudir Hanasouju 0770 (53) 2020.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1048257