The Tokyo Olympics 2020’s organizing committee announced that up to 10,000 spectators will be allowed at the venues of the Olympics. This means that the venues will have up to 50% of people in the stands watching the Olympic games live.
However, the organizers did announce that this number can be restricted at any time of the event if any kind of emergency remedies need to be implemented immediately or any other necessary restrictions are required to curb the covid 19 infections.
The Tokyo Olympics 2020 committee has already announced a huge number of protocols to be followed by the people who are coming from other countries to curb the spread of the covid 19 viruses.
A statement reading out the guidelines for the attendees stated that masks need to be adorned at all times, while speaking in a loud voice or shouting will be strictly prohibited, if any kind of congestion happens, the visitors will be assisted to leave the premises in a cordially uniform manner for which the volunteers have been trained.
The statement also read that the spectators will be requested to travel directly between the venues and their homes to keep the necessary precautionary measures. The decision comes amidst the rising concerns of covid-19 spread in the country. Japan has officially shifted the alert level of covid-19 to a quasi-state of emergency till July 11th.
A group of infectious disease experts in Japan had suggested holding the event without allowing any spectators as it will increase the risk of the spread of the covid-19 virus. They had also recommended imposing strict restrictions on the players as well as the accompanying team members from the respective participating countries.
Japanese president Hashimoto Seiko exclaimed that it all depends upon the situation at the time of the mega event. If the situation is not satisfactory then the Olympics 2020 will be held without any spectators at the venue.
Japan’s prime minister Yoshihide Suga responded to the organizing committee’s statement saying that Japan cannot rule out the possibility of organizing the Olympics without any spectators at all because of the state of emergency.
Suga while visiting a vaccination site stated that he has taken all the proposals under consideration but for him, the topmost priority was the safety and security of the public as well as the players, therefore the final decisions will be taken later according to the situation of covid-19 at the time of the Olympics.
The decision about the allowance of spectators at Paralympic games is still pending and is predicted to be made by 16th July, a week before the Olympics 2020.