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Government mask wearing Adjusted to leave it to individual judgment in the first half of March | NHK


Regarding the wearing of masks as a countermeasure against the new coronavirus, in the first half of March, the government began to make adjustments to leave it to the discretion of individuals regardless of whether they are indoors or outdoors.

In anticipation of the shift in the position of the novel coronavirus under the Infectious Diseases Law to the same “5 category” as seasonal influenza on May 8, the government is currently recommending that individuals wear masks indoors as a general rule. We are proceeding with the review so that it is basically entrusted to the judgment of

As a result, considering the fact that the number of new infections has been declining nationwide and that it will take about a month to inform and prepare, we decided to start in the first half of March, prior to the transition to “Type 5”. Adjustments have been made to leave it up to the individual to decide whether to wear a mask indoors or outdoors.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is considering letting people who are at high risk of becoming seriously ill, such as the elderly, know the situations in which it is effective to wear it, such as when going to a crowded place, so that it can be used as a reference in making decisions along with the relaxation of wearing. .

The government will soon decide on a specific schedule for easing the wearing of masks at the new corona countermeasures headquarters.