Kanagawa Prefecture has announced its decision to expand the area designated under the COVID-19 priority preventive measures to include all cities and towns in the prefecture, and to request the all-day suspension of alcoholic beverage service.
Over the last week, Yokohama recorded 1,183 new infections, the most cases since the priority preventive measures first went into effect on April 20. Cooperation from both residents and businesses on refraining from non-essential outings, shortened operating hours, and other measures will be essential to prevent any further spread of infections.
The summer vacation season is upon us. Normally, many people might take this opportunity to visit family, travel, or go out to eat. We once again ask all residents to thoroughly observe anti-infection measures, refrain from dining in large groups or for long periods of time, and avoid any other situations that present a greater risk of infection.
Additionally, the curtain will rise for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games on July 23. Unfortunately, the baseball and softball events in Yokohama Stadium and the football/soccer events at International Stadium Yokohama will be held without spectators. Please enjoy watching from home.
It pleases me to share that vaccinations for our elderly residents are proceeding smoothly, and as of July 18, the city had administered both shots of vaccine to 530 thousand residents. We estimate that we are on track to complete vaccinations for all elderly residents who wish to get it by mid-July.
Yokohama will continue to commit all efforts both to providing vaccinations and maintaining preventive measures to protect the lives and livelihoods of residents and to helping businesses to support our local economy.