The COVID-19 priority preventive measures in place since April 20 for Yokohama have been extended again from June 21 until July 11.
Accordingly, Kanagawa Prefecture is requesting food and drink establishments to close at 8 p.m., and decided to lift the suspension of all-day alcohol service by allowing establishments that satisfy certain conditions, such as limiting customer visits to 90 minutes and permit up to 4 persons per group, to serve alcohol until 7 p.m.
Yokohama will continue to direct public facilities to close by 8 p.m., events to end by 9 p.m., and cap event attendance at city-organized or co-organized events at 5,000 people.
This is the third time that the period for the COVID-19 preventive priority measures has been extended.
While unfortunate, I believe there was no choice but to make this decision to stop a further spread of infections.
The number of new cases in Yokohama last week was 538, which does not represent a significant change from last week.
While cases have slowly trended downward since mid-May, out of the five indicators that interpret the status of the spread of the virus, four are still at stage 3.
Variant viruses have been identified in many prefectural cases, so it is important to continue to observe strict vigilance.
Currently, as of June 16, 293,704 elderly residents have received their first shot of vaccine, and 42,783 have received both shots, for a total of 336,487 total vaccinations so far.
Yokohama has secured enough vaccine for all elderly residents who wish to get it.
We will ensure all who do are vaccinated by the end of July, so please make appointments calmly.
Appointments are scheduled to open on July 5 for priority vaccinations for residents with underlying conditions or who work in long term care facilities and other places.
Vaccination vouchers will also be sent out to residents between 12 to 64 years old starting June 23 through late July in descending order of age.
The city will notify residents not eligible for priority vaccinations when they can get the vaccine starting in August.
The progress of vaccinations in Yokohama is shown on the city website.
We will continue to keep residents informed with clear and timely updates.
We will also continue to work closely with the national and prefectural governments, as well as health care facilities, to provide steady and fast vaccinations and to protect the lives and livelihoods of all residents.
The cooperation of every one of our city’s residents and businesses is essential to return to our normal lives and bustling city as soon as possible.
Yokohama will in turn provide unwavering support to residents and businesses, work to put a stop to a further spread of infections, and get through this situation together.