To all students, faculty and staff of the University of Tokyo:
The number of people tested positive daily for COVID-19 has exceeded 100 in Tokyo since this past weekend. As the rapid spread is likely to continue, the University of Tokyo will impose more strict restrictions on campus activities.
Specifically, based on “The University of Tokyo Activity Restrictions Index for Preventing the Spread of Novel Coronavirus Disease,” released on April 3, the university is raising its level to 2 (“severe restrictions”).
Level 2 indicates:
- For research activities, only the minimum number of laboratory staff necessary are permitted to enter the
laboratories in order to continue experiments and research in progress. The staff members entering the
laboratories should reduce the amount of time they stay on-site, and other staff members should work from
home. Conducting experiments or other types of work alone in a laboratory is extremely dangerous and is thus
- Meetings should be done through videoconferencing only.
- Only gates with security guards present will remain open, and entrants must show their university ID, as has
been implemented since April 4.
- Instructions will continue to be offered online.
- Prohibition on students’ extracurricular activities is continued.
All of the above measures are taken to protect the health and safety of the members of the University of Tokyo community. We shall continue to take prompt and appropriate measures to do everything possible so that we may bring back the free and open campus we so value at the University of Tokyo.
April 6, 2020
Executive Vice President
Head of the Novel Coronavirus Disease Task Force
The University of Tokyo