A private lodging agency on Friday launched a website that will help people forced into isolation due to their possible exposure to the coronavirus match with empty hotels in need of guests.
Through www.sumyca.com, Tokyo-based Matsuri Technologies hopes to help both people in need of accommodation and hotels and other lodgings that are struggling due to a sharp fall in the number of travelers.
Matsuri Technologies President Keita Yoshida said the company considered the fact that many have not been administered coronavirus tests on grounds they have not met the required conditions, such as having a high fever for at least four days straight.
As the government has asked people who have returned from overseas to stay isolated for two weeks, he said those who have no home in Japan and cannot stay with family are also expected to use the service.
Those who have tested positive for the virus are not permitted to source accommodation via the site, and some lodgings may not accept elderly people who have pre-existing conditions, it said.
About 500 rooms have been prepared and the company hopes to increase the total to 5,000 by the end of May.
The rooms will be cleaned and sanitized thoroughly and those staying will be asked to regularly report the status of their health as well as their body temperature. The hotels can provide food to those who request it, according to the company.