COVID-19: Changes to Mask Policy (Beginning March 13, 2023)
Beginning March 13, 2023, wearing masks will be up to individual judgement. We ask for your consideration in respecting the independent choices of individuals to ensure that no one is forced to wear or not wear a mask against their own volition.
However, wearing masks is recommended in the following situations to prevent the spread of infection to others.
When is wearing a mask effective?
🔷 To prevent the spread of infection to those around you
● When visiting a medical institution for medical care
● When visiting medical institutions or elderly care facilities where many people at high risk of developing severe COVID-19 (such as the elderly, etc.) live/are hospitalized
● When riding crowded trains or buses, such as during rush hour
🔷To protect yourself from infection
Wearing masks are effective at preventing infection in the following situations:
● When those at high risk of developing severe COVID-19, such as the elderly, those with underlying conditions, pregnant women, etc., go to crowded places when infection numbers are rising
Mask measures at medical institutions, elderly care facilities, and similar
It is recommended that those who work at medical institutions or elderly care facilities (where many people at high risk of developing severe COVID-19 live/are hospitalized) wear masks when working.
Note: While the choice to wear a mask is up to the individual, users or staff may be asked to wear masks for reasons such as the infection prevention policy of the business or other operational reasons.
✨For more information, please contact the office below:
The City of Hiroshima, Health Promotion Division Tel: 082-504-2622
🙂 If you are not confident in your Japanese, please contact the office below:
Hiroshima City & Aki County International Resident Consultation Service
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am-4pm
Closed: Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays
Available languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Filipino
❈ Filipino language is only available on Fridays.