At the end of June at the latest, the organizers of the Olympic Games must decide whether to accept at least local fans in the venue. In March, it was decided that foreign spectators would not be allowed to attend the sports holiday. According to the AP, it is increasingly likely that there will be some kind of Olympic Games without spectators or with a very limited number, which has not been ruled out even by the chair of the organizing committee, Seko Hasimotova.
However, according to the president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, athletes don’t have to worry about traveling to Tokyo. He assured in the online press conference that the postponed Olympic Games will be safe for all participants and will not endanger the health of the Japanese people in any way. According to his previous statement, about 80 percent of the 10,500 Olympians will be vaccinated, and now he is calling for athletes again to take advantage of the vaccination.
Japan is facing the fourth wave of the epidemic and the spread of a more contagious type of Coronavirus. According to Suj, the growth of new infections in Tokyo and some other areas is slowing, but the government sees the situation as unpredictable. According to the Prime Minister, the burden on the health system in Osaka the most affected remains enormous.
It is forbidden to sell alcohol
The state of emergency in Japan does not mean a total lockdown. For example, it is forbidden to sell alcoholic beverages in restaurants and shops, which, like cinemas, must close no later than 8 pm. Sports and cultural events can be held, but with a maximum of 5,000 spectators.
Hosting the Olympics, which is set to begin on July 23 after a year-long delay, continues to arouse strong opposition in Japan. In polls, 60 percent of respondents said that canceling it poses a risk to the public and would mean a further increase in pressure on the country’s healthcare system.