To citizens of Yokohama,
This is Mayor HAYASHI Fumiko.
As you may be aware, the Government of Japan has declared a State of Emergency.
I am sure that many of you feel concerned as we enter this uncharted territory.
However, I believe that if we all work together, we will be able to suppress the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Once again, I will share what we can do to make this happen.
First, do not to leave your home except for essential needs. When you must go out, be careful to avoid any situations that combine any of the three C' s of "closed spaces, “ crowded places," and "close-contact settings."
Additionally, please make sure to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
Regarding medical facilities, we are moving forward with the preparation of approximately 500 beds for patients who test positive for the virus and require hospital care. Please remain calm. After the Municipal Citizen' s Hospital relocates, the current building will be used to house an estimated 530 patients with light or no symptoms as they recover.
Yokohama will also join efforts to realize a "Kanagawa Model" that provides care for patients with moderate infection symptoms.
The city' s water, sewage works, garbage collection, subways and buses, and other lifelines will continue to provide reliable services.
Also, we are not setting any limitations on leaving home to buy essential goods, food, or medicine. Please exercise calm judgment, and we ask for your cooperation to only buy what you need and not hoard items.
Based on the national government' s emergency stimulus package, Yokohama will develop an early supplementary budget and work to provide the utmost support for small businesses and enterprises facing difficulties.
Taking the necessary precautions will protect you, your loved ones, and the city as a whole.
Once again, we sincerely ask for your cooperation.
HAYASHI Fumiko, Mayor of the City of Yokohama