June 29, 2022 NEWS

Ritsumeikan University to Lower its BCP Level to Level 1 on Friday, July 1

 In light of the current status of infections and the request levels from the local governments, Ritsumeikan University will lower its BCP level to Level 1 on Friday, July 1. We will consider changing the BCP level if any changes occur in the status of infections or the national or local governments’ request levels.

 Students, faculty and staff are requested to continue taking infection prevention measures to combat COVID-19, including the Omicron variant. Although it is important to thoroughly enact the same basic infection prevention measures as usual, the risk of infection is particularly high when going to places where many people gather and when eating or drinking, so please be sure to eat alone and eat in silence. Let’s work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
 Students should check the syllabus for details regarding their classes. If the class format will change due to the switch of the BCP level from Level 2 to Level 1, your instructors will notify you via Manaba +R, so be sure to check those messages.

1. To combat COVID-19 and its variants, the basic protocols (wearing a mask properly, aiming for Zero C, physical distancing, washing and disinfecting hands, and gargling) should be strictly followed.

2. On June 16, Ritsumeikan University revised its rules for wearing masks on campus.
(1) Wearing masks outdoors
・When you are outdoors on campus, you do not need to wear a mask (i) if you are able to keep your distance from others (at least 2m) or (ii) if you engage in little to no conversation in situations when you are not able to keep your distance from others.
* As long as you can adhere to these conditions, we recommend removing your mask when you are outdoors in the summer to prevent heat stroke.
* Conversely, please be sure to keep your mask on when you are outdoors if you cannot keep your distance from others (at least 2m) and are engaging in conversation.
(2) Wearing masks indoors
・When you are indoors on campus, please continue to wear a mask according to the current rules.

3. As for eating and drinking off campus amid the current rise of Omicron infections, it is advisable to avoid eating and drinking in groups as much as possible, since the risk of infection increases when people talk without wearing masks. Be sure to eat alone and in silence.

4. 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.

5. Please contact the university in the following cases:
・If you have been infected or think you may have been infected.
・If you have become a close contact of an infected person.
* Report method: Use the dedicated form available from the university’s Medical Service Center homepage.
* For students who require special considerations for classes because they are infected, are a close contact, or are suspected of being infected, please submit an application via the Ritsumeikan University Learning Support homepage in addition to notifying the Medical Service Center.

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