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2021/1/14

Measures to Prevent the Novel Coronavirus Infection while the Emergency Declaration is in Effect

 

Dear PRI Members:

As has been reported in the news, the Japanese government issued a novel coronavirus infection emergency declaration in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba Prefectures on January 8, and then in Tochigi, Aichi, Gifu, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, and Fukuoka on Jan. 14. At about the same time, Kyoto University's headquarters raised the university's activity restriction level from Level 1 to Level 2(-). Given this, we ask members of the PRI to abide by the activity restrictions listed below.

At the PRI, we have, in fact, already issued several cautionary notices ahead of the national government and Kyoto University's headquarters. Thus, the latest updates to the activity restrictions are relatively minor changes from the "Measures to prevent the novel coronavirus infection in winter, especially during the year-end and New Year holidays" announced on November 13, and mainly concern the geographic extent of (3) and the dining restrictions in (6) according to the current emergency declaration. In addition, the description of (5) has been slightly modified as MSc thesis and doctoral thesis presentations are approaching. Nevertheless, we ask you to restrict your own actions with an appropriate sense of emergency under the present pandemic wave.

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 37.5C 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) Unless it is absolutely necessary, please refrain from traveling to, and accepting research collaborators from, regions under the emergency declaration. If you must travel through any of those regions, take as many measures as possible against infection. 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. Up to 7-8 chairpersons and/or presenters may, if necessary, gather in the same room to conduct a meeting or give presentations.

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.
Please refrain from eating out and visiting large stores after 8 p.m.

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 Science.

Takakazu Yumoto
Director, Kyoto University Primate Research Institute