To residents and businesses of Yokohama:
This is Mayor HAYASHI Fumiko.
On May 25, the "Declaration of a State of Emergency in response to the Novel Coronavirus Disease" was lifted for the last five prefectures, including Kanagawa.
This was achieved thanks to all of you, and your cooperation over seven weeks through efforts to limit your travel, suspend or shorten business hours, and help prevent the spread of infection. You have my heartfelt gratitude.
Once preventive measures are fully in place, public facilities will reopen, services will resume, and city-sponsored events will be held as soon as feasible, starting June 1st.
Municipal schools will also reopen in stages starting June 1 with "staggered attendance" and "reduced school hours." Schools will operate differently from normal, with a shorter summer vacation and other changes. The city will consider students' needs first, and provide our full support.
The city is preparing further measures to present at the City Council meeting in June for supporting daily life and the economy to help counteract a second wave of infections. They will be based on the second national supplementary budget, and we will examine reallocating budgets for projects related to the Tokyo 2020 Games to these measures.
If the economic wheels stop turning, our residents' daily lives will be affected. Yokohama will put socio-economic recovery back on track as soon as possible and develop a new normal for residents.
In response to Kanagawa Prefecture' s policy to rescind closure requests for all businesses, Yokohama will help establish measures for public awareness and to prevent infection. Furthermore, in anticipation of a second wave, we will maintain full health care system readiness.
The City of Yokohama asks all residents to continue to practice a "new lifestyle" to prevent the spread of infection.
We will overcome this challenging time together.
Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.