Downgrade the COVID-19 classification to ”Category 5” Infectious Disease

We would like to thank all the town residents for the cooperation in taking preventive measures against COVID-19 to date. 
The category of COVID-19 under the Infectious Disease Control Law will be changed from  “Equivalent to Category  2″ to “Category 5” from May 8th, 2023.  The following is the response of the prefecture and towns after May 8th.

The Concepts of the”Category 5″

In Japan, disease-causing viruses and bacteria are classified into five levels (category 1 to 5) according to the ease of spread and degree of danger of infection. The law determines how to respond to diseases according to these levels of risk.
Category 1 is the most dangerous and category 5 is the least dangerous. category 5 is the same as seasonal influenza, measles, and rubella.

    Until May 7th After shifting to “Category 5”
Public funding of the medical expenses ×
Restrictions on coming in to work ×
Stay-at-home requests ×

Alert Level in Gunma Prefecture

In Gunma Prefecture, the alert level was set based on objective figures such as hospital bed utilization rates, which are the criteria for shifting to the alert level based on the “Guidelines for the Resumption of Social and Economic Activities”.  However, The alert level will be abolished as it has been officially decided that the status of COVID-19 under the Infectious Disease Control Law will be shifted to ” Category 5″, the same as seasonal influenza, etc., effective May 8th, 2023.

Use of the Public facilities in the town, etc.

Due to the abolition of the prefecture alert level, there will be no restrictions on the use.
                                                                                                                                                                  We have implemented infection control measures at the facilities, but we ask for your understanding and cooperation in basic infection control measures such as “hand hygiene by washing hands” and “ventilation” when using the facilities.

Infection Prevention Measures

Since the new coronavirus has not disappeared, we ask all the town residents to continue to take basic infection control measures, including “hand hygiene by washing hands” and “ventilation.