On Monday, the organizers confirmed that up to 10,000 fans will be allowed at Tokyo Olympics 2021. But while stating this, the organizers also mentioned that the event could move behind closed doors if the covid surge is seen.
The authorities reached the final decision after having detailed meetings with officials from the Japanese government, the Tokyo government, International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee.
It is important to note that the decision taken is only for the Olympic games. The final decision on fan attendance at Paralympic games has been delayed to 16th July.
The joint statements from the authorities said,
In light of the government’s restrictions on public events, the spectator limit for the Olympic Games will be set at 50 percent of venue capacity, up to a maximum of 10,000 people at all venues. A framework will be implemented to keep monitoring the status of infections and medical care using expert advice.
While commenting on the decision, the Tokyo Governor said,
If there should be a major dramatic change in the infection situation, we may need to revisit this matter amongst ourselves and we may need to consider the option of having no spectators in the venues.
Foreign Fans Banned From Olympics
The decision of banning foreign fans was taken months ago. Allowing the local fans into the stadiums will be under strict rules. The fans will not be allowed to cheer, will have to wear masks and are being told to go straight home after the event.
Japan has recorded close to 8,00,000 coronavirus cases with over 14,000 deaths. The vaccination rollout in the initial stage has been slow compared to other developed countries. About 6.5% of the Japanese population has been fully vaccinated till today.
The Tokyo Olympics which was scheduled last year was postponed by a year due to covid 19. Now, the games are scheduled to open on 23rd July 2021.