Tokyo 2020: 10,000 Japanese fans will be allowed inside venues during the Olympic Games.
The decision has been announced by the organizers for the Games, which begin on July 23.
When the Tokyo Olympics begin next month, up to 10,000 fans will be allowed to attend events. Some spectators will be allowed inside sites, according to the event’s organizing organization and the International Olympic Committee.
All Olympic venues are limited to 50% of capacity, up to a maximum of 10,000 spectators, according to the organizers.
Fans from outside the United States will not be permitted to attend, but the announcement comes amid reports that the Games may be held behind closed doors owing to the coronavirus.
Dr. Shigeru Omi, Japan’s top medical adviser, suggested last week that the safest way to organize the Olympics would be without spectators, calling it “strange” to hold the games during the pandemic.
However, Tokyo officials have officially approved the decision, albeit spectators will be required to follow rigorous guidelines in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Fans will not be permitted to yell or speak loudly, will be required to wear face masks at all times while in venues, and will be required to leave as soon as the event concludes.
The Olympics will take place from July 23 to August 8, with the Paralympics following a month later, on August 24.
While the announcement is expected to be seen positively, the potential of a behind-closed-doors Games still exists, with between 3.6 and 3.7 million tickets currently in the hands of Japanese residents.
Organizers have stated that if there is a quick spike in Covid-19 infections and an impact on Japan’s healthcare systems, they will explore additional limits.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga urged Japanese citizens to watch the Games on television rather than attending activities in person last week.
Suga was in favor of allowing fans in, but he has already stated that if COVID-19 cases increase, he may restrict fans.
“If a state of emergency is required, I will be flexible and open to no fans in order to ensure that the games prioritize people’s safety and security,” he stated.
”In the event of an emergency, it is entirely feasible… I will not hesitate to have no fans for safe and secure (games).”
The state of emergency in Tokyo was lifted on Sunday, but the city had been under emergency coronavirus restrictions since late April. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”