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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.)