From May 8th, COVID-19 will be downgraded to a Class 5 infectious disease. Accordingly, as of March 13th, guidelines for wearing masks have changed.
We have entered a new stage, and are on our way to becoming a city where we coexist with COVID.
It’s up to each individual to decide whether or not to wear a mask.
Along with respecting each other’s decisions, please continue to take precautions such as airing out rooms, avoiding the three Cs—closed spaces, crowded places close-range conversation—and washing your hands.
Wearing a mask is recommended when visiting senior care facilities, medical facilities or other places where there are people at high risk of developing serious symptoms.
There may also be some facilities or stores that request you to wear a mask.
To be prepared for such situations, it is recommended that you carry a mask with you when you go out. It will also come in handy if you have a cough.
I thank you for your ongoing cooperation to ensure a sustainable recovery from the pandemic.