All of us, whether Muslims or not, need to get ready for a new lifestyle after the pandemic is over. Many of us are already thinking about this during the lockdown in Japan and around the world. Every country may try to implement a different set of these lifestyle changes.
However, the Japanese government yesterday suggested some specific changes which we should implement even after the pandemic is over. The threat of a second wave of infections will persist for months, with the disease likely lingering long after the Japanese society reopens. Some of these suggested changes are as follows.
- Try to wear masks in public places
- Stay two meters apart form one another
- Frequently wash your hands with soap
- Change your clothes upon returning home
- Try to work remotely if possible
- Avoid using public transportation during rush hour
- Try to avoid speaking while riding a bus or train
- Keep a safe distance with one another while eating
- Exercise at home instead of going to parks
While the above-mentioned changes are not groundbreaking, the government suggesting the necessity of a shift to a “new lifestyle” signals a change in tone. Still, all requests and measures put forth by the central and municipal governments remain strictly voluntary, with no legal punishment for individuals or businesses that flout them.