Further guidelines in PRI
30th, July update
Dear Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students of PRI;
The spread of the new coronavirus infection is not confined to the
Tokyo Metropolitan area, with 221 confirmed cases in Osaka Prefecture and 167
confirmed cases in Aichi Prefecture on July 29. In addition, with the
implementation of the "Go To Travel " project of the government, more
and more infections are expected to spread in the near future.
As an additional measure, the Primate Research Institute would like to
ask you to comply with the following five points. It will begin on August 1 and
continue for the foreseeable future.
(1) In principle, travel (including private purpose) will be prohibited not
only in the Tokyo Metropolitan area, but also in the vicinity of Nagoya, Kyoto
and Osaka. However, special cases such as related business with entrance
examinations are excluded. If you do not use public transportation with minimal
contact with the outside world, please consult with the Director or the Office
(2) The use of public transportation is prohibited for commuting to the
institute. Faculty, staff, and graduate students who have no other means of
transportation are requested to work remotely.
(3) If you commute to the institute, take your temperature every morning,
record it, and submit it to your supervisor or supervising professor before you
commute to the institute. You may submit the record by email or on LINE.
(4) Regarding lectures, experiments, and practical training, please comply
with the attached Guidelines for Face-to-Face Instruction in General Education
and Common Subjects during Summer Vacation Periods in 2020 (English version
would be attached soon).
If the course is not in compliance, please consider canceling or postponing it.
If you are unsure of your decision, please consult with the Director, instead of
interpreting it on your own.
(5) Dinner and other meals in a group are not prohibited, but as a general,
please have it in no more than five people. Please avoid going to crowded
downtown areas and tourist attractions as much as possible.
16th, June update
Considering the spread of the new coronavirus infection in the Tokyo
Metropolitan area, we have decided to make business trips to the Metropolitan
area (including via) and the acceptance of visitors from the Tokyo Metropolitan
area (including by way of a visitor) is prohibited as a rule.
In addition, business trips to or from other regions shall be carefully
supervised, depending on the infection situation.
Dear PRI Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students:
With regard to the novel coronavirus infectious disease, the previous
restrictions on traveling across prefectures were lifted nationwide on June 19,
and the government is no longer asking businesses including eateries to suspend
their operations. However, since July, more than 100 new cases of infection have
been reported every day in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area, once again reaching a
level that requires extra caution.
As a facility that keeps non-human primates, we have decided that PRI should
continue to place more severe restrictions on activities than are typical at
other research institutions. In consideration of the current status of the
pandemic, we have revised part of the "new
lifestyle at PRI" that we introduced to you on May 21, but we are not
yet taking any major steps to relax the restrictions. This state will continue
in the foreseeable future, and the Director will notify you of any further
relaxation or strengthening of the restrictions by email, while continuing to
monitor the situation carefully.
1) "New lifestyle" at work and with regard to experiments
Please continue to follow the "New
Lifestyle at PRI" as communicated to you on May 21.
2) Receiving domestic and foreign visitors and entering the Non-human
Primate (NHP) Area
Domestic visitors should be instructed to take sufficient measures to prevent
infection while on the premises of PRI, and should be asked not to enter the NHP
Area unless it is necessary and urgent. When assessing whether to receive
visitors from regions that are experiencing rising infection cases such as the
Tokyo Metropolitan Area, carefully consider the situations along their transit
points as well as their departure points. We ask you to refrain from receiving
international visitors (except for those who are already in Japan).
The use of the dormitory by domestic visitors will be approved according to the
3) Notes on business trips and other trips
Minimize business trips to the Tokyo Metropolitan Area. For business trips to
other places, carefully check the status of infection cases at the destination
and transit points to determine the appropriateness of the trip. In particular,
when traveling to remote islands with limited medical facilities, be sure to
take extra precautions against infection. For international business or private
trips, please consult with us individually.
4) Strict adherence to animal caretaking practices that avoid close
contact with non-human primates
For the time being, members of the faculty, staff, and graduate students who
take care of non-human primates should continue practices that avoid close
contact with the animals, such as not having prolonged contacts with them and
not talking to them. Take care of the non-human primates with a strong resolve
not to infect them.
To protect your lives and the lives of our non-human primates, we ask for
your understanding of our decision to continue some of the emergency measures.
Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University