Tokyo and most of Japan are in a state of emergency due to the spread of the coronavirus until at least June 20. Many restaurants and bars have to close early and do not sell alcohol. If the emergency continues during the Olympics, locals won’t feel well, according to the Associated Press, if they see athletes enjoying alcohol in the Olympic Village, when they themselves can’t indulge in something like that in a restaurant.
Therefore, the organizers are considering a ban on alcohol in the dining rooms and other public places of the village, where 11,000 Olympians and 4,400 Paralympians will find temporary homes. “But if they drank in their rooms, it was as if we drank in our homes. We can’t ban it. It’s unimaginable,” Toshiro Muto, chief executive of the organizing committee, said at a press conference today.
It was also announced today that athletes, media representatives and other participants in the Games will have to sign documents that allow organizers to track their movement using the Global Positioning System (GPS) on mobile phones. Because of the coronavirus, athletes will be locked in an Olympic Village “bubble” and are expected to remain there, or they will be in a similar “bubble” on sports grounds.
“We are not going to monitor their movements all the time, not because of that. But if there is any ambiguity about their activity, we will be able to check it with GPS,” Muto said.