The organizers of Tokyo 2020 contemplate banning viewers yell or speak loudly during Olympic competitions, in addition to limiting entry to stadiums, among other measures to prevent Covid-19 infections.
The organizing committee of the Tokyo Games announced this Friday the measures that it has begun to discuss with the Japanese authorities to ensure the health safety of spectators during the Olympic event, after addressing similar actions for athletes and other participants in the event.
“We want to be sure to provide the opportunity for spectators to be in the stands, including foreign visitors “, said today the executive director of the event, Toshiro Muto, in a telematic press conference other the fifth meeting of the coordination panel of countermeasures for covid-19.
Muto specified that the final conditions for the presence of the public in the Olympic stands will be decided next spring, depending on how the pandemic evolves in Japan and in the rest of the world and of the entry restrictions to the country that the Japanese authorities apply to foreign visitors.
Limited capacity and controls for foreign visitors
The amount of public that will be able to access the stadiums will be based on the guidelines of the Japanese Executive, which currently allow up to 50% of the total capacity in stadiums, although they have authorized to fill up to 80% of the seats in certain events as a test.
“We are going to monitor the results of these experiments and see what we can learn.”said Muto, who pointed out that as of today “it is impossible” to determine how much audience may be in the stands because the situation of the pandemic both inside and outside Japan “is very uncertain” and can change at any time.
Regarding foreign visitors, the organizers They see it “difficult” to force all those who travel to Japan for the Games to serve fourteen days of isolation that are currently required by the Japanese authorities, and instead plan to apply a comprehensive device to monitor their health conditions.
The hosts plan to perform PCR tests on visitors upon arrival in the country and frequently monitor their body temperature and possible exposure to contagions, among other measures.
The conditions of entry into Japan for foreign travelers during the Games will ultimately depend on the pandemic situation in their countries of originadded Muto, who pointed out that those from areas with high risk of infection “will be at a disadvantage.”