Residents of Yokohama,
This is Mayor Hayashi Fumiko.
Priority preventive measures against COVID-19 have once again been extended for Yokohama until August 22.
Accordingly, it was decided to direct pubs and restaurants to suspend alcoholic beverage service except for establishments certified by Kanagawa Prefecture.
Yokohama will continue to have public facilities close by 8 p.m., events end by 9 p.m., and cap attendance at city-organized or co-organized events at 5,000 people.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will begin on July 23.
Baseball and softball games will be held at Yokohama Stadium, and soccer games at International Stadium Yokohama, without spectators present.
With the help of city volunteers and so many others, Yokohama made extensive preparations ahead of the Games.
While the decision is disappointing, we will work hard to implement preventive measures and ensure the Games are safe and secure for the athletes, staff, and support from both Japan and from around the world.
The number of new cases last week in Yokohama was 825, and we are seeing another rise in cases compared to late June.
Four of the five indicators depicting the spread of infections are at stage 3, and the indicator of recovering patients per 100 thousand people has reached stage 4.
The more highly infectious delta variant of the virus has been identified in more cases, nearing 11% of cases in the prefecture, and we will strengthen our vigilance.
Yokohama will continue to dedicate its full efforts to the city’s vaccine rollout to help limit a further spread of infections.
As of July 10, nearly 730,000 elderly residents, or 75% of the elderly population, have received a vaccination as of July 10, and of those, 370 thousand have finished getting their second shot.
Vaccine vouchers have been sent out to residents ages 40-64, and vouchers were sent out today to residents in their 30s.
Starting July 5, priority vaccination appointments will open for residents 64 or younger who have underlying conditions, or for those working in long term care facilities.
If you have an underlying condition, please check with your regular clinic, or with the long term care facility if you are a worker, about whether you can get the vaccine.
Those without regular clinics can also get the vaccine at one of the nearly 1,000 locations in the city or at the mass vaccination venues in each ward.
Check the city website for more details before making an appointment.
Information for residents not eligible for priority vaccinations will be sent out separately in August or later.
Yokohama will firmly request a stable supply of vaccine from the national government to ensure vaccinations can continue steadily for residents 64 and younger.
The summer vacation season is upon us. Normally, there would be many more opportunities to travel, visit family, or go out to eat during this time.
We ask, though, that residents thoroughly observe preventive measures, avoid dining in large groups or for extended periods, and refrain from actions that could increase the risk of infections.
Because infections have spread again, the intensive anti-virus measures will have been in place for over 4 months, and we face a challenging situation.
We will commit our full efforts to vaccinations and other preventive measures, as well as to consulting and financial support to businesses to protect the livelihoods of residents as well as our local economy.