August 23, 2021 NEWS

The BCP Level for Ritsumeikan University will remain at Level 3 until September 12

On August 17, the government decided to declare a state of emergency for seven prefectures including Kyoto running from August 20 to September 12. At the same time, it decided to declare quasi-emergency measures for 10 more prefectures and extend the existing state of emergency for six prefectures and the existing quasi-emergency measures for six prefectures (both scheduled to end on August 31) until September 12.

On August 2, Ritsumeikan University raised its COVID-19 BCP level to Level 3 to remain in place until the August 31 deadline, but based on the government's decision, we will extend this to September 12. This decision may be reviewed even while these measures are still in place based on the status of COVID-19 infections and if there are any changes to the national or local governments’ request levels

Due to the current situation whereby the Delta strain is spreading rapidly, students, faculty, and staff are requested to continue exercising basic infection control measures. To counter the virus variants, health officials recommend exercising the same basic infection control measures as before, namely, avoiding the Three Cs, wearing masks, and washing your hands. We ask that you refrain from speaking without a mask on, especially during meals, and take thorough infection prevention measures.

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1. Nonwoven masks are recommended. Make sure you wear your mask properly.
Nonwoven masks are recommended because they are more effective at protecting against the spread and inhalation of droplets. Wearing a mask with your nose sticking out can lead to the inhalation of droplets through your nose. Please wear masks correctly covering both your nose and mouth without leaving any gaps.
2. If you have to remove your mask, be sure to put it back on as soon as you can.
3. To combat the virus variants, the basic protocols (wearing a mask, avoiding the Three Cs, and physical distancing) should be strictly followed.
4. When eating, please keep a distance of at least one meter between yourself and others. Do not face each other when you eat, and eat in silence.
Talking during meals heightens the risk of infection. You are most likely to remove your mask when you eat. When eating on campus, as part of club activities, or with other people, always keep a distance of at least one meter, do not face each other, and eat in silence. Save your conversation until after you have finished eating and be sure to wear a mask.
5. Please refrain from holding parties where eating and drinking occurs with anyone other than your family members. Please do not have drinking parties, get-togethers, or house parties. Do not eat and drink with friends in public places such as hotels or outdoor parks and avoid get-togethers involving eating and drinking with seminar classmates or club members.
6. Wash and disinfect your hands frequently, especially before meals, after using the bathroom, and after returning home.
7. If you feel sick or contract a fever, please call the university’s Medical Service Center or a nearby medical institution for a consultation before going to see a doctor.
8. Please contact the university or school in the following cases:
・ If you think you may have been infected.
・ If you have taken a PCR test.
・ If you have become a close contact of an infected person.

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