September 30, 2021 NEWS

Ritsumeikan University to Lower its BCP Level to Level 2 on October 11

 On September 28, the national government announced plans to fully lift the states of emergency for 19 prefectures and the quasi-emergency measures for eight prefectures once they conclude on September 30.
 In response, Ritsumeikan University has decided to lower its BCP level to Level 2 starting on Monday, October 11.
 We will consider changing the BCP level if any changes occur in the status of infections or the national or local governments’ request levels.

 In light of the current situation whereby the highly infectious Delta strain is becoming the dominant strain, students, faculty, and staff are requested to continue exercising basic infection control measures. To counter the virus variants, it is crucial that we keep exercising the same basic infection control measures as before, namely, avoiding the Three Cs, wearing masks (nonwoven masks are recommended), and washing your hands. In particular, due to the Delta strain becoming the dominant strain, 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.

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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. 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. Please take extra steps to prevent infection when you are spending time in dormitories or retreat facilities.
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.

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