The national emergency state has been declared for all 47 prefectures of Japan on April 17th.
Even if the Japanese government doesn't have the legislative power to enforce a lockdown on its population, the local Japanese administrations are currently struggling to put in place measures to prevent the spread of infection. In other words, it is up to each prefecture and/or municipality to decide what measure is best against the spread of the new coronavirus in their own region.
Even though Tsuruoka's measures were quite light (not to say nonexistent) at first, the city's approach of the coronavirus situation got more serious since the first infection cases inside the city on April 5th. According the most recent information, there is a total of 7 persons infected with COVID-19 in Tsuruoka.
Tsuruoka's measures are still evolving through time, but here is a recap of all the actions taken by Tsuruoka's administration, up to this day.
Closure of closed-space tourist attractions
The world number one jellyfish aquarium has announced its temporary closure on April 6th until May 6th (date of reopening subject to change). In order to still let people enjoy the aquarium's creatures beauty, Kamo has launched a live video service (10:30-15:50) on Youtube of its giant blue jelly tanks, and uploads several videos of the recently born baby seals on its Facebook page every day.
Kamo Aquarium's Facebook page: click here
Museums, art galleries closed
Needless to say, Tsuruoka's museums such as Chidô Museum, Chidôkan clan school, and art galleries like Art Forum have been closed until further notice.
Measures in shrines and temples
While most temples and shrines are still opened for visits, shrines like Shonai-jinja decided to stop the sale of lucky charms, prayer tablets or any other goods since April 20th.
Still, most of the religious establishments refuse to close their doors so people are not prevented from practicing their faith. In order to limit the number of visitors coming directly to the shrine, Shonai-jinja started a goshuin (religious stamps collected in a booklet) delivery service. The goshuin will be delivered by postal services for the recipient to paste in his booklet.
Cancellation, modification of events
List of the main events/festivals that got cancelled :
(April 18-19th) Ohanami chakai (cherry-blossoms sightseeing event)
(April 18-19th) Wagashi cakes workshop
Cancellation of food stands and game booths during Tsuruoka Park's sakura festival
Cancellation of the sakura light-up event
(April 19th) 35th Atsumi Sakura Marathon
(May 2nd-3rd) Fujishima no Hana Matsuri (Wisteria flowers festival)
(May 17th) Children day festival
(May 25th) Tenjin Matsuri
(May 31st) Takitaro Festival
(June 5th) Oyama Dog Festival
(August 15th) Shonai Taisai
Structural adjustment, administrative measures
Financial support system for business who suffered a profit loss (jp source)
Granting paid special leaves for city employees who have symptoms for self-isolation until symptoms disappear
Submission to a PCR test the city employees who have self-isolated for more than 4 days and still have symptoms
Closure of all buildings with high transmission probability (public gyms, onsens, public reception halls...)
Closure of schools until May 7th
Restaurants developing take-out menus and/or organizing special deliveries
Clothing stores selling handmade masks
Tsuruoka Silk selling masks made with Samurai Silk (jp source) for 1980 yens each. (jp source)
Groceries shops proposing home-delivery services
Movements to increase the buying of take-out meals to support local restaurants (city office employees ordering lunch boxes...) (jp source)