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Covid-19 Prevention Efforts and Economic Support (2020/7/27)

At a special city council meeting on July 27, Kasama City Assembly approved a supplementary budget to expand the City's support for economic activities and improve coronavirus prevention measures.

Shinju Yamaguchi

Kasama City Mayor

 

Information on Infections (as of July 21)

  • Cases in Ibaraki: 230
  • Cases in Kasama: 2

※Ibaraki Prefectural Central Public Health Center has been conducting epidemiological investigations, including patient location history, close contacts, and other related information.

※The City does not disclose any more information than what has been released by the prefecture.

 

STOP the Spread of Corona! "Help us fight infections"

For the sake of yourself, others, and people you love.

We all have a role to play, so let's do everything we can.

Please use "COCOA" contact-confirming application and check in with "Ibaraki Amabie-chan"!

 

"Ibaraki's Amabie-chan" (Ibaraki Prefecture)

The 'Amabie-chan' will send email notifications to those who have potentially come in contact with infected people 

Users who have visited a facility on the same day as an infected person will be notified about the confirmed case via email.

Businesses are urged to register with the system and hang up an Infection Prevention Pledge (Description & QR code) poster.

Citizens are asked to 'check-in' at each store or facility that they visit.

'Amabie-chan' description (PDF, English)

 

"COCOA" Covid-19 Contact-Confirming App (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

Install the contact-confirming application to protect yourself, your loved ones, your community and society as a whole.

'COCOA' description (PDF, English)

COCOA Terms and Conditions of Use (English)

COCOA Privacy Policy (English)

 

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (Japanese)

  

Comprehensive Disaster Management Enhancement Project

Infection preventive measures at the six major evacuation centers in Kasama:

Kasama City will deploy necessary supplies to avoid close-contact settings and crowded conditions and isolate people suspected of being infected.

Currently budgeting: Private indoor tents and partitions, portable flushing toilets, personal protective equipment (for evacuation center personnel), aluminum foil mats, non-contact thermometers, and other essential items

 

Improving Infection Preventive Measures for Firefighting and Emergency Medical Services

Kasama City aims to prevent the spread of infections through purchasing protective products and environmental maintenance.

Currently budgeting: Surgical masks, Tyvek coverall suits and other personal protective items, web cameras and microphones for video conferencing, equipment for transporting COVID-19 patients

 

Support measures against heatstroke for Kasama City school children (distribution of cooling towels)

Qualifiers: All elementary and junior high school students in Kasama City

※ Run it under cold water, wring it out, and twirl it a few times to make it cool.

Depending on the school conditions, large fans, spot coolers, mist showers, and other necessary equipment will be installed.

 

Key Economic Activity Support Measures

For more information on each project, please contact the relevant department. 

"Premium" Shopping Voucher Program

To revitalize the City's economic activities, Kasama City will offer special "30% Premium" shopping vouchers to those who purchase ¥10,000 worth of vouchers.

Value: 30% (Get 13 vouchers for the price of 10, a ¥3,000 value!)

Issued amount: 50,000 sets for ¥10,000

Sales launch: early October
 

Contact: Commerce Division
 

Newborns Gift Certificate Program

Gift certificates will be distributed to children born after April 27 (the same date for the Special Cash Payments eligibility) or to those who are currently pregnant and expect to give birth within the current fiscal year.

Amount: One ¥50,000 certificate per qualified person

Distribution period: early October
 

Contact: Commerce Division
 

Rental Assistance Subsidy Program

This program provides rent subsidies to legal entities and sole traders whose sales have decreased by 20% to 50% compared to the same month last year due to coronavirus, and who are, however, not eligible for the government's rent support benefits. (Ibaraki Prefecture Joint Project)

Qualifiers: Legal entities and sole traders who rent land and/or buildings in Kasama City.

Subsidy amount: 2/3 of 3 months rent (rounded down to the nearest ¥1,000)

Maximum amount: Legal entities up to ¥600,000, sole traders up to ¥300,000
 

Contact: Commerce Division
 

Local Businesses Support Program

Kasama City provides rental infrared thermometers for festivals and other events to support local businesses that follow coronavirus prevention guidelines.
 

Contact: Commerce Division
 

Accommodation Providers Support Program

This financial aid supports the business continuity of accommodation providers in Kasama City.

Qualifiers: Members of Kasama Tourism Association, Kasama Ryokan Association, and vacation rental businesses

※Must be a business license holder as of March 1, 2020

Support details: Maximum capacity of an accommodation facility (max. number of guests) × ¥10,000 (subsidy restrictions apply)
 

Contact: Tourism Division
 

Event Support Program to Help Increase Attendees

This program provides financial assistance to shopping streets and various organizations that hold events to help attract more visitors through unique features of the region.

Qualifiers: Events promoting the region's unique characteristics

Subsidy amount: 100% of event expenses, excluding personnel costs

Maximum amount: ¥200,000
 

Contact: Tourism Division
 

Temporary Special Benefit for Single-parent Households (National Program)

This benefit is provided to single-parent households responsible for both work and raising children, and whose income has decreased and/or whose child care expenses have increased due to coronavirus.
 

Basic Benefit: ¥50,000 per household receiving child-rearing allowance (¥30,000 per child after the second child)

Additional Benefit: child-rearing allowance recipients who have reported their income to have decreased significantly and their household finances have been affected severely due to coronavirus.

Additional benefit amount: ¥50,000 per household
 

Benefit description (English, PDF)
 

Contact: Child Welfare Division
 

Regional Transportation Assistance Program

In response to the voluntary "Stay at Home" policy, this program provides a subsidy to transportation businesses in the City facing financial difficulties.

Eligible Businesses: bus operators, taxi operators, and "daiko" designated driver services
 

Contact: Project Planning / Public Policy Division
 

Support for Citizens

We will distribute a "KASAMA BOX" filled with local agricultural products and processed foods from Kasama City to those whose lives have been affected by the coronavirus.

Qualifiers: households that have been experiencing financial hardship due to a business shutdown or other related issues, and have applied for an emergency microloan with the Kasama City Council of Social Welfare or any other similar organization.
 

Contact: Kasama City Council of Social Welfare (Tel: 0296-77-0730)
 

Special Cash Payment [¥100,000]

If you have not applied yet, please do so as soon as possible!

Submission deadline: August 18 (Tue)

※After the expiration date, you will not be able to receive the benefit.
 

Sanitizer Liquid Distribution

The disinfectant liquid will be distributed in person one time at the amount of 2 liters per city resident. Please bring a clean plastic bottle with you.

  • Distribution Schedule: 10:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 15:00

・Iwama Community Center: August 5 (Wed)

・Tomobe Community Center: August 6 (Thu)

・Kasama City Civic Gymnasium: August 7 (Fri)

※Please use the location most convenient for you.

 

Japanese version

 

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