On August 2, Ritsumeikan University raised its COVID-19 BCP level to Level 3 and extended the applicable period until September 12 when the government’s state of emergency declaration is scheduled to end, but given the recent status of infections and the dire situation that medical institutions are facing, we will keep the BCP level at Level 3 for the time being even if the state of emergency is lifted on September 12. We are making preparations in anticipation that the BCP level will remain at Level 3 even after the fall semester starts. We will consider changing the BCP level if any changes occur in the status of infections or the national or local governments’ request levels, and we will notify you again if the level changes
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. In particular, due to the Delta strain becoming the dominant variant, conversations and contact without masks even for a short time are more likely to lead to the spread of infection, so please take thorough measures to avoid having conversations without masks, including when eating and drinking.
Let’s Work Together to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19!
１．Even after short periods of contact with others, the risk of infection is increasing. Please avoid talking without a mask, including when eating and drinking, even for short periods of time and avoid close contact for long periods of time even if you are wearing a mask.
２．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.
３．If you have to remove your mask, be sure to put it back on as soon as you can.
４．To combat the virus variants, the basic protocols (wearing a mask, avoiding the Three Cs, hand-washing, gargling, and physical distancing) should be strictly followed.
５．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.
６．Do not hold eating and drinking parties 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.
７．Wash and disinfect your hands frequently, especially before meals, after using the bathroom, and after returning home.
８．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.
９．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.