Remember the story of Tamanoi beya? It suffered a coronavirus outbreak shortly before the Aki basho, with many rikishi and staff testing positive, and all 28 rikishi in the heya were made to go kyujo for the entire September tournament as a precaution. This raised the question of what would happen to their positions on the banzuke: would the absences be treated as losses, as they normally are, meaning large drops in rank, or would special dispensation be given? At the time, the NSK said this issue would be considered after the basho.
Well, we have our answer. As could be inferred from the announcement of the Juryo promotions, everyone will keep their place, including the two sekitori, J7 Azumaryu and J14 Fujiazuma, and one resident of the Makushita promotion zone (Ms1-Ms5), Ms2 Shiraishi. I know there was a difference of opinion about how this should be handled, but personally I believe this was the right thing to do under the exceptional circumstances.
Here’s the story on NHK; it’s in Japanese, but you can get the gist with Google Translate.