Measures to prevent the novel coronavirus infection in
winter, especially during the year-end and New Year holidays
Dear PRI Members:
Following the relaxation of activity restrictions by the Kyoto University
headquarters, the Primate Research Institute reinstated the normal working style
and relaxed activity restrictions on October 12.
However, beginning in November, new cases of coronavirus infection have
increased rapidly in such places as Tokyo, Hokkaido, and Aichi Prefecture, and
it has become necessary to guard against further rapid spread of infection in
the coming months. As we are entering the winter season, when the spread of
influenza is of concern and social events become more frequent during the
year-end and New Year holidays, we have decided that it is appropriate to raise
the activity restriction level. The new restrictions (listed below) will take
effect on November 24, and will remain in place until further notice.
Please be aware that we will change the activity restriction level if there
is a change in the activity restrictions by Kyoto University, or if a warning is
issued by the national or prefectural government.
1) We encourage the faculty and staff to work from home. Our goal is to
reduce the number of faculty and staff working on site at the PRI by roughly
50%. If you need to commute to the PRI, please refrain from using public
transportation as much as possible, and if that is not feasible, consider such
actions as taking staggered work shifts.
2) Be sure to disinfect your hands at the PRI entrance and wear a mask inside
the facility. On days when you are supposed to come to the PRI to work, take and
record your temperature in the morning, and if it is 37.5Ž°C or higher, you must
notify your work supervisor/academic advisor and must not enter the premises of
PRI. Visitors are required to submit a medical self-evaluation form.
3) Please refrain from taking business trips to, and accepting visitors from,
Tokyo (23 Wards), Yokohama, Sapporo, and Osaka. If you have planned a trip to
these areas to visit family or for other personal reasons, consider canceling or
postponing it as much as possible. In addition, please take measures against
infection as much as possible when passing through the above areas. Please also
refrain from taking unnecessary and non-urgent trips to/from Nagoya. In
particular, stay away from crowded areas.
4) For both PRI staff members and research collaborators, conducting
experiments in the Non-human Primate Area (NPA) is allowed only when they have
not experienced sickness in the preceding 2 weeks based on their body
temperature record and other measures. Experiments that take place outside the
NPA should be conducted carefully while taking appropriate measures to prevent
infection. Seminars and lectures may be conducted in person for up to 5
participants, but should be conducted online if more people are involved.
5) Meetings of 10 or more people should be held online. Five or fewer
chairpersons may gather in the same room to conduct such meetings.
6) Communal eating and drinking should be limited to the maximum of 5 people
and 2 hours, and should be accompanied by as many infection-prevention measures
as possible. Also, be sure to choose eateries that have implemented adequate
infection prevention measures.
Additional note 1. For matters not mentioned above, please follow the
"Activity Guidelines and Activity Restriction Levels to Prevent the Novel
Coronavirus Infection" issued by the Kyoto University Graduate School of
Additional note 2. Since the activity restriction level will very likely
continue to change in the future, we are planning to establish 5 levels of
activity restrictions for the PRI, clarify the specific restrictions for each
level, and set the criteria for changing the level.