To Kyushu University Students, Faculty & Staff:
＊This is the English version of the email sent to Kyushu University Students, Faculty & Staff on January 15.
On January 13, a state of emergency (*1) was declared for seven prefectures throughout Japan, including Fukuoka Prefecture. While the number of infections may seem low compared to the Kanto and Kansai regions, the number per 100,000 people is the sixth highest in Japan. Fukuoka Prefecture has reached Stage 4 according to several indicators proposed by a government specialist panel, resulting in the emergency declaration being issued for the prefecture to prevent the situation from worsening if infections continue at the current rate.
(*1) Declaration of a State of Emergency in Response to the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Office for Novel Coronavirus Disease Control, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan
Based on the state of emergency declared for Tokyo and the three prefectures of Kanagawa, Saitama, and Ciba on January 13, Kyushu University has already raised guidance levels to “Level 2: Restrictions (Low)” in order to continue its educational and research activities. The declaration requests that in-person classes and entrance examinations be conducted to the extent possible throughout the state of emergency. Even if the state of emergency is expanded to include Fukuoka Prefecture, the university will remain at "Level 2: Restrictions” while strengthening restrictions on the following Student Extracurricular Activities and Other. (*2)
(*2) The Next Phase of Kyushu University Guidance
Student Extracurricular Activities
Based on requests to restrict extracurricular activities while the state of emergency is in effect, all student groups and extracurricular activities will, in principle, be suspended, and facilities, including gymnasiums, will be closed.
- Refrain from going out unless absolutely necessary (especially after 8:00 p.m.).
- Refrain from activities that pose a high risk of infection, such as karaoke or eating and drinking in groups.
- Do not talk to or eat with others at close distances without wearing a face mask. In particular, refrain from talking when eating or drinking, and put your mask back on immediately after you finish eating.
- In light of requests for businesses to shorten their hours and for people to refrain from going out after 8:00 p.m., faculty and staff will, in principle, leave work on time and adjust their schedule so that overtime is not required. Supervisors and flextime workers are also expected to leave work early as long as it does not interfere with their work or educational and research activities.
- Educational and research activities, as well as administrative work on campus after 8:00 p.m., shall be conducted only when specifically deemed necessary.
- In line with the government's strengthening of border enforcement measures, exceptions will be made for travel outside Japan upon compliance with government guidance.
*Despite the declaration of a state of emergency, the government is requiring that the Common Test for University Admissions go ahead as scheduled on January 16–17, 2021. Given the above restrictions, the highest priority shall be given to ensuring the smooth execution of entrance examinations, having taken thorough precautions for infection prevention. Hospital faculty, staff, and medical workers will give priority to hospital action guidelines.
If the Japanese government or Fukuoka Prefecture requests further action and depending on the infection situation on campus, new measures may be taken, including, but not limited to, raising the guidance level.
Controlling the spread of infection is the responsibility of society as a whole. Frontline health workers at medical institutions across the country, including Kyushu University Hospital, continue to put their lives on the line to help fight this pandemic.
We have asked for students, faculty, and staff to make sacrifices and deal with temporary inconveniences. Still the pandemic continues to spread, more people will become seriously ill, which could push the medical system to the brink of crisis and result in a further increase in deaths.
We ask for your understanding and cooperation in helping prevent the spread of infection to protect yourself, your family, and society at large.
January 15, 2021
Novel Coronavirus Crisis Response Headquarter