"New Lifestyle"


  • Please wear a mask in shared spaces open to the wider community. (Guideline issued by the Okinawa Prefectural Government)
  • Wearing a mask in hot and humid summer weather may increase the risk of heat stroke. If you can secure 2 meters minimum social distance when outdoors, a mask is recommended to be removed to prevent the risk of heat stroke. (Guideline issued by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare)

Social Distancing

General Measures for Infection Prevention: June 1, 2020 onward

  • Mode of operations: On-campus working.
  • Only exceptions (with Manager and OIST Health Center agreement) are employees over 65 years old or with a pre-existing medical condition.
  • Children are allowed in social spaces on campus (such as AIEN and public areas in lab buildings), except in the event of CDC closure.
  • Maintain 2 meters minimum social distance wherever possible. Managers will assess proximity within work spaces and alternative space will be sourced where required.
  • Avoid the 3 Cs (Closed Spaces, Crowded Places, Close-Contact settings).

Health and Hygiene

  • Open windows and doors wherever you can.
  • Wash hands and disinfect ‘high touch’ surfaces such as textbooks, educational tools and equipment.
  • Check your body temperature and watch for any cold-like symptoms such as a cough. Encourage people in your household to do the same.
  • Sanitize high-touch surfaces on a regular basis. The OIST Health Center can provide materials for disinfection and the housekeeping team at OIST is sustaining extra cleaning of high touch surfaces like push buttons, handles, handrails.


Practical examples of "New Lifestyle" proposed by the Expert Panel of Japanese Government

What is the "New Lifestyle"?

May 4th, 2020

In preparation to the long-term battle against the resurgence of COVID-19 infection, the Expert Panel of Japanese Government proposed and presented the practical examples of the "New Lifestyle" in the areas which show the sign of limited infection cases.

The 3 fundamentals of infection prevention

① Maintaining the social distancing
② Wearing a face mask
③ Handwashing

  • Maintain the 2M (minimum 1M) distance between individuals.
  • Choose outdoor activities over the indoor activities for your pastime.
  • Refrain from directly facing a person when speaking with someone if possible.
  • Wear a face mask when outing, staying indoors, and speaking with others even if you don't have any symptoms.
  • Upon returning back home, immediately wash your hands and face, change clothes, or take a shower.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for about 30 seconds. (You may use a hand sanitizer)

※ Strictly maintain your health condition when you need to meet with high-risk individuals such as elderly people and the people with chronic diseases or underlying health conditions.

Infection prevention measures when travelling

  • Avoid traveling to/from the high-prevalence areas.
  • Refrain from visiting parent's home or travelling. Make a business trip only when it is absolutely necessary.
  • Keep record of the place and the name of individuals you meet just in case you get infected.
  • Stay informed about the prevalence in your community.

In daily life

  • Wash and sanitize your hands frequently.
  • Adhere to cough etiquette.
  • Ventilate the room often.
  • Maintain the social distancing.
  • Avoid three Cs(Closed spaces?Crowded spaces?Close-contact settings)
  • Do health checks and take body temperature every morning. If you have fever or cold-like symptoms, take it easy and stay home to recuperate.

Examples in your daily activities

When shopping

  • Try using mail-ordering / online shopping
  • Go shop alone or with a small group when the store is not crowded.
  • Utilize electronic payment.
  • Plan ahead and shop quickly.
  • Refrain from touching the object on display.
  • Maintain spacing at cash-register lines.

When using a public transportation service

  • Keep conversation to a minimum.
  • Avoid peak hours.
  • Try biking or walking as an alternative.

When dining

  • Make use of a takeout and a food delivery service.
  • An open-air dining can be a comfortable option.
  • Choose individual serving rather than sharing platters.
  • Sit side-by-side, not face-to-face.
  • Enjoy meal to the fullest, while keeping the conversation to a minimum.
  • Avoid sharing glasses and serving drinks to one another.

Pastime, Sports, etc.

  • Go to the less crowded parks at off-peak hours.
  • Do the workout and Yoga at home using workout videos as such.
  • Do jogging in a small group.
  • Keep distance when passing others.
  • Do make reservations to have more space.
  • No need to stay in a small room for a long time.
  • Keep sufficient distancing when singing or cheering; it is better off doing that over the internet.

Family gatherings / Ceremonial occasions

  • Avoid large group dining.
  • Do not participate when you have fever or cold-like symptoms.

In business settings

  • Work from home, or take turns to work
  • Avoid congestion by staggering commuting hours
  • Spread workers out in an office
  • Use online meetings
  • Exchange business cards online.
  • Hold face-to-face meetings in well-ventilated spaces and wear a face mask.

Source: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (Excerpt from special NHK website. See full Japanese version.)