Okinawa’s northern municipalities request visitors to stay away

Okinawa’s northern municipalities request visitors to stay away

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

The association of municipalities in the northern part of Okinawa’s main island issued a statement April 23 requesting people not to visit the local area for recreation.

The request was made as a joint statement with a doctors’ association out of concern for visitors pouring in the northern area during the Gold Week, a series of nation holidays which is set to start April 25.

During a press conference, Chairman Toma of the municipalities’ association said, “Residents of the northern area are concerned about people from the mid and southern parts of the island visiting their neighborhood looking for opportunities to ride motorcycles, camp out and enjoy fishing in the nature. Those are the areas where many cases of (COVID-19) infection have been reported.”

As of April 23, only two cases of COVID-19 infection have been reported in the northern area. However, with only two beds available there to treat COVID-19 patients, the association pointed the possibility of a breakdown of medical care. 

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