Consideration of phased-in reduction of activity restriction to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

On April 18, Kyoto Prefecture issued a directive to all universities in the prefecture to restrict the use of facilities on their campuses to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The directive has now been lifted, as of May 28.

However, due to concerns that the virus may spread again once the directive is lifted, Kyoto Prefecture has requested universities to institute a gradual phased-in resumption of activities (including face-to-face classes), in accordance with its “Guidelines for Preventing Novel Coronavirus Infection when Resuming University Activities.” Universities are also requested to produce their own manual of virus prevention measures for students, faculty, and staff.

In addition, the Japanese government has requested citizens to avoid non-essential travel to other prefectures until May 31, and to exercise extra caution if traveling to the Tokyo metropolitan area or Hokkaido until June 18.

Based on the current situation, Kyoto University shall maintain its current level of activity restriction (Level 2) for the time being. The university is currently formulating its manual for novel coronavirus prevention measures, and is considering a phased-in resumption of activities from June 18.

All faculties and departments are therefore requested to continue  implementing the current preventative measures while preparing for a smooth resumption of education and research activities once the activity restriction level is reduced.

Any changes to the activity restriction levels will be announced in due course.


Juichi Yamagiwa

Director Disaster

Response Task Force