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March 9, 2023
To all Keio students,
Keio University Student Affairs Center
Keio University will be implementing changes to its COVID-19 policy from March 13 with the exception of medical-related departments and institutions. On May 7, it will end other COVID-19-related practices and infection prevention measures. This includes making the wearing of masks up to individual discretion, and other changes to infection-related measures.
This is not to say that the risk of infection has gone away. Just as they have until now, it is paramount that each and every Keio student conduct themselves in a model fashion, maintain self-discipline, and remain vigilant to their surroundings. We ask that you continue to take thorough precautions to protect yourself and others.
The below measures will help prevent situations involving environments in which there is a risk of airborne droplets, in addition to limiting the impact and scope should infections occur.
1. Basic infection control measures
(1) While the decision to wear a mask will be left up to each individual, consider wearing one during rush hours, when talking in close proximity, while at hospitals, and in other situations necessitating caution due to high risk of infection associated with airborne droplets.
*Should you be asked to wear a mask for special circumstances at a university function, we request your full cooperation.
(2) Thorough hand hygiene (hand washing, alcohol disinfection) and gargling
(3) Frequent ventilation
(4) Maintaining physical distance (social distancing)
(5) Avoiding gathering in large numbers and crowded places
(6) Frequent cleaning and disinfection of places that are touched by a large, unspecifiable number of people
2. Infection control measures when dining in group settings (eating and drinking while conversing with multiple people)
Please aim for the following when dining in groups.
(1) Choosing restaurants that have been certified by the local government
(2) Following the rules set by the local government and restaurants to prevent infection
(3) Trying to keep time spent eating short, groups small, and refraining from moving or rearranging seating from its original position
(4) Avoiding situations involving people raising their voices such as karaoke
(5) Taking steps to be ready in the case an infection does occur, such as writing down names to keep track of who participates in a given group meal
(6) Thinking of ways to break the chain of infection, such as taking advantage of PCR testing
3. Refrain from eating and drinking in public spaces such as stations, streets, parks, etc.
4. Monitor your health on a daily basis by taking your temperature, etc., and refrain from activities when unwell
* In the case that a faculty has its own discrete rules in place, comply with the faculty's instructions
• Guidelines for measures that can be implemented against COVID-19 infection at schools and workplaces (Keio University Health Center)
• About COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) - Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Please reference the following and act accordingly.
Basic Policy on Measures to Prevent COVID-19 Infections from March 13, 2023 onward
Relatively young people, including university students, often have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all when infected, unwittingly spreading the virus to family and friends. This is one of the factors contributing to the rise in the numbers of severe cases and deaths. Young people may also develop severe symptoms, and there are cases in which even mild conditions lead to serious long-term effects. Please remember that casual actions have the potential to endanger the health and lives of you and your loved ones.