Hokkaido grapples with coronavirus emergency | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News


The declaration has forced schools, companies, and residents throughout the prefecture to make adjustments.

All elementary and junior high schools were closed
starting on Friday, and students will now be off for five weeks, until the end of the normal spring break. Meanwhile, many companies have implemented telework, or work from home, policies.

The declaration is taking a visible toll on the prefecture’s businesses. Department stores in the major cities of Sapporo and Hakodate were closed over the weekend.