Post-COVID "New Lifestyle"

Practical examples of "New Lifestyle" proposed by the Expert Panel of Japanese Government

What is the "New Lifestyle"?

May 4th, 2020

In preparation to the long-term battle against the resurgence of COVID-19 infection, the Expert Panel of Japanese Government proposed and presented the practical examples of the "New Lifestyle" in the areas which show the sign of limited infection cases.

The 3 fundamentals of infection prevention

① Maintaining the social distancing
② Wearing a face mask
③ Handwashing

  • Maintain the 2M (minimum 1M) distance between individuals.
  • Choose outdoor activities over the indoor activities for your pastime.
  • Refrain from directly facing a person when speaking with someone if possible.
  • Wear a face mask when outing, staying indoors, and speaking with others even if you don't have any symptoms.
  • Upon returning back home, immediately wash your hands and face, change clothes, or take a shower.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for about 30 seconds. (You may use a hand sanitizer)

※ Strictly maintain your health condition when you need to meet with high-risk individuals such as elderly people and the people with chronic diseases or underlying health conditions.

Infection prevention measures when travelling

  • Avoid traveling to/from the high-prevalence areas.
  • Refrain from visiting parent's home or travelling. Make a business trip only when it is absolutely necessary.
  • Keep record of the place and the name of individuals you meet just in case you get infected.
  • Stay informed about the prevalence in your community.

In daily life

  • Wash and sanitize your hands frequently.
  • Adhere to cough etiquette.
  • Ventilate the room often.
  • Maintain the social distancing.
  • Avoid three Cs(Closed spaces・Crowded spaces・Close-contact settings)
  • Do health checks and take body temperature every morning. If you have fever or cold-like symptoms, take it easy and stay home to recuperate.

Examples in your daily activities

When shopping

  • Try using mail-ordering / online shopping
  • Go shop alone or with a small group when the store is not crowded.
  • Utilize electronic payment.
  • Plan ahead and shop quickly.
  • Refrain from touching the object on display.
  • Maintain spacing at cash-register lines.

When using a public transportation service

  • Keep conversation to a minimum.
  • Avoid peak hours.
  • Try biking or walking as an alternative.

When dining

  • Make use of a takeout and a food delivery service.
  • An open-air dining can be a comfortable option.
  • Choose individual serving rather than sharing platters.
  • Sit side-by-side, not face-to-face.
  • Enjoy meal to the fullest, while keeping the conversation to a minimum.
  • Avoid sharing glasses and serving drinks to one another.

Pastime, Sports, etc.

  • Go to the less crowded parks at off-peak hours.
  • Do the workout and Yoga at home using workout videos as such.
  • Do jogging in a small group.
  • Keep distance when passing others.
  • Do make reservations to have more space.
  • No need to stay in a small room for a long time.
  • Keep sufficient distancing when singing or cheering; it is better off doing that over the internet.

Family gatherings / Ceremonial occasions

  • Avoid large group dining.
  • Do not participate when you have fever or cold-like symptoms.

In business settings

  • Work from home, or take turns to work
  • Avoid congestion by staggering commuting hours
  • Spread workers out in an office
  • Use online meetings
  • Exchange business cards online.
  • Hold face-to-face meetings in well-ventilated spaces and wear a face mask.

Source: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (Excerpt from special NHK website. See full Japanese version.)