Residents of Yokohama,
This is Mayor Hayashi Fumiko.
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.
The number of new cases in Yokohama last week was 534, 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.
Yokohama is dedicating all its resources to better administer COVID-19 vaccinations.
Looking at vaccinations for elderly residents, 293,704 have received their first shot, and 42,783 have received both shots.
Rest assured that the city has secured enough vaccine for all elderly residents who wish to receive it.
For those now making appointments, please first consult with your regular doctor, and make appointments without feeling rushed.
In addition, those without regular doctors can consult the list uploaded to the city website or the “Koho Yokohama” special edition released last week for 870 local health care facilities providing vaccinations to non-regular patients as well.
Vaccination vouchers will be sent out to residents between 12 to 64 years old starting June 23 through late July.
First, vouchers will go to 60- to 64-year-old residents, and then vouchers will be sent out nearly weekly to each age group in descending order.
Priority vaccination appointments for residents with underlying conditions or who work at long term care facilities are scheduled to open on July 5.
The city will announce in August or later when residents not eligible for priority vaccinations can get the vaccine.
This is the third time priority preventive measures have been extended, in place now for 2 months.
In that time, residents and businesses have cooperated with requests to refrain from outings and shorten hours, and with efforts to help prevent the spread of infection.
Yokohama will continue to commit its full efforts to deliver comprehensive assistance via business consultation, expense subsidies for developing new sales channels or online negotiations to help ensure continuity and support our local companies.
Also, the city will help residents return to their safe and peaceful daily lives as soon as possible by doing its utmost to provide vaccinations and sustain all forms of infection prevention measures.
We will be working alongside you to get through these three crucial weeks together.