To businesses in the shōtengai shopping districts:
This is Mayor HAYASHI Fumiko.
The City of Yokohama is moving ahead on "new measures to mitigate the effects of the new coronavirus on daily life and the economy" with its largest ever supplementary budget of 574.3 billion yen.
In order to support continuity for businesses, the city has prepared a one-time stimulus, and businesses will have the choice of how to use it based on their needs, such as on infection prevention measures or for subsidizing their affiliated locations. Each shōtengai shopping district will receive 100,000 yen for each of its member stores and shops.
In addition to covering the costs of purchasing sanitation products, like masks and disinfecting alcohol, or implementing take-out and delivery, business are welcome to also use it for a range of purposes, such as shop upkeep, selling vouchers, or arranging events and sales for when the spread of infection has abated.
Applications will open on May 22, and the payments will be distributed starting in June.
The number of patients testing positive, as well as those with unknown routes of infection, have both declined since the beginning of May.
The efforts to prevent the spread of infection by businesses in the shōtengai shopping districts, as well as their neighboring communities, are steadily taking shape. I am sincerely grateful for your cooperation.
The shōtengai shopping districts at the core of local communities are a great source of support for the daily lives of our residents.
For its part, the City of Yokohama will continue to do all it can to support them as well.
We will overcome this challenging time together.