Restrictions on resale of masks and alcohol disinfectants to be lifted

Restrictions on resale of masks and alcohol disinfectants to be lifted July 31 at 3:10 p.m.

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The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has decided to lift restrictions on masks and alcohol disinfection products, which were previously prohibited from being resold, as the domestic supply is recovering.

With regard to masks and alcohol disinfection products, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare prohibited resale on the Internet by law because the spread of the new coronavirus infection continued to fade.

Under the National Life Stability Emergency Measures Act, resale regulations are positioned as urgent measures, such as when supply is severely insufficient, and should not exceed the necessary limits.

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has decided to lift restrictions prohibiting the resale of masks and alcohol disinfection products, saying that domestic supply is recovering due to increased production and import volumes, such as the recovery in sales volume of masks in the market and the recovery to levels in early January.

In the future, we will proceed with the necessary procedures to revise the Cabinet Order and aim to lift it by the end of next month.

Mr. Kato, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, said, “We will continue to carefully consider the situation even after it has been lifted, and if expensive resale becomes rampant and it is difficult to purchase, we would like to consider resuming resale regulations without hesitation.”

National Consumer Association Liaison Committee “Decision to Cancel Carefully”

Regarding the lifting of restrictions on the resale of masks and other products, Kazuo Mitani, Deputy Director General of the National Consumer Association, said, “Although it can be understood that it will be lifted for free economic activities because the supply has recovered, masks and disinfectants are indispensable in the new way of life, and consumers’ purchasing behavior and psychology have changed significantly. If the regulations are lifted while consumers’ psychology is not keeping up, buy-up and high-value resale may occur again and reach the necessary sites such as hospitals. Even if regulations are applied again, it is too late after the victims come out, so I want you to judge the cancellation carefully.”