To businesses in Yokohama,
This is Mayor HAYASHI Fumiko.
In response to the declaration of a state of emergency, the Kanagawa Prefecture has requested closures for businesses in six different industries, including commercial establishments.
We are asking business owners for their understanding and cooperation in helping stop the spread of coronavirus infection by reducing the chance that people come into close contact by 80%.
I have been speaking directly to local businesses and listening to their concerns about sharp drops in sales, even while bearing the burden of rent and other fixed costs, as well as their worries about the future. I am deeply conscious of just how severe the current situation seems. The lights must not go out in this city. Especially now, it is critical that Yokohama provide the utmost support to its local businesses.
In order to protect the lives and livelihoods of all its residents, the City of Yokohama will not only work to prevent the spread of infections, but also accelerate efforts to maintain employment, keep businesses functioning, and provide support for daily life.
As of April 15, our Special Business Consultation Desk had assisted 3,461 cases, and institutional loans of full subsidies to cover credit guarantee fees and other costs had already exceeded 42 billion yen, an increase of about 35% compared to the previous week. We are currently considering even more in-depth relief measures using temporary subsidies from the national government and other sources. Proposals to the early May meeting of the City Council for the largest-ever supplementary budget are also being rapidly prepared.
As President of the Mayors Association of Designated Cities, I will also appeal to the national government for support for maintaining employment and operations for businesses that have cooperated with closure requests.
The City of Yokohama will do everything in our power to support affected businesses as we work to stop the spread of the new coronavirus and restore economic activity as soon as possible.