Coronavirus & Flu Prevention

Coronavirus - COVID 19 and Flu Prevention

Please visit the WHO website for information –

Situation Report WHO site

Latest WHO situation report

The WHO publishes a daily situation report and has a whole section of their website dedicated to Coronavirus.
You can access the situation reports here: WHO situation reports

As of 25th February, the WHO situation report (#32) states that there have been 77,780 (518 new) cases confirmed in China and 2549 (390 new) outside of China. There have been over 2,600 coronavirus related deaths in China and 34 outside of China.

Cases in Japan

There have been 157 cases confirmed in Japan as of 25th Feb. Although over the past few days there have been new cases reported daily, the numbers affected are still very low and therefore the subsequent risk of transmission is also very low.

The situation may change rapidly but we closely monitor the news and travel alerts from US Embassy and CDC. Currently, Alert – Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions. If the situation changes, we will make sure to inform our travellers right away.

CDC update as of February 25

Alert – Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions

What can travelers do to protect themselves and others?

Because older adults and those with chronic medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe disease, people in these groups should discuss travel with a healthcare provider and consider postponing nonessential travel.

If you travel to Japan, take the following steps:

– Avoid contact with sick people.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
– Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
– It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

CDC – Center for Disease Control –Corona Virus in Japan
US Embassy and Consulate in Japan

Preventive measures at Sake Tours

• We will be supplying alcohol-based hand sanitizer and encouraging guests to frequently wash hands with soap or sanitize their hands.
• We will also supply alcohol wipes.
• We will have an infrared thermometer available on the tour.
• If you have a temperature or show any flu like symptoms, you will be asked to wear a mask, not participate in any activities with the group, and see a doctor as soon as possible.
• Please be aware that when visiting certain breweries or places you will be asked to wear a mask (supplied by us) as a preventative measure so workers at the site feel safe as they do not usually admit tour groups.

We will be asking bus companies the following before the tour.

• To disinfect the bus.
• If the bus driver has any respiratory infection symptoms or fever.
• If the bus or the driver has been in contact with the any groups or people from the heavily affected areas within the previous two weeks from the commencement of the tour.

We will also asking restaurants to supply serving utensils when served in a family style.

Your health and safety are very important to us. At the same time, we would like to make sure other guests and our hosts are protected.

Therefore, we would like to ask our guests to:

• Wash hands frequently.
• Report to the tour leader if you are coughing or have a fever or feel sick right away.
• If you have these symptoms (fever, sneeze, cough) you will be asked to wear a mask and see a doctor ASAP.
• Not to share cups or utensils with others. Not to touch communal food with your chopsticks or hands.

We also ask our guests to have ….

Flu shots-
While this is not a requirement for the tour, Feb and March are the peak flu season in Japan. We highly encourage our guests to get a flu shot at least three weeks in advance before you fly to Japan.

Travel Insurance- health insurance coverage while you are traveling.
Insurance in Japan if needed is available (purchased from within Japan only) by Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.

Emergency Contact Information

If you have not communicated your emergency contact to us, please do take a minute to let us know the name and contact information such as phone number and email address.