Tokyo Olympic fans ‘must be vaccinated or have Covid negative test to enter venues’
Fans of the Tokyo Olympics may need to be vaccinated or test negative for the coronavirus before being allowed to enter the venues, a Japanese newspaper report said Monday.
Cheering, eating, high-fives and drinking alcohol would also be banned under controls now being considered, the Yomiuri Shimbun daily said, citing unnamed government officials.
Organizers will decide in June how many spectators – if any – will be allowed to attend the pandemic-postponed Games.
Fans of the Tokyo Olympics may need to be vaccinated or test negative for the coronavirus before being admitted to venues. Pictured: the Olympic rings outside the Japan Olympic Committee
Foreign fans have already been banned, and the report warned domestic spectators may be denied entry or kicked out for breaking the rules.
“The plan is to stop the spread of infection during the Games with strict countermeasures,” the paper said.
Under the plan, spectators must be able to present a vaccination certificate or negative test taken at their own expense less than a week before entering the venue.
They should wear masks and fill out health check sheets, and once inside they shouldn’t cheer loudly or high five each other.
According to the report, locations would be deployed to monitor the behavior of locations, canceling or reducing public viewing locations.
Vaccine roll-out in Japan has been slow, with less than 2.5 percent of the population being fully vaccinated so far.
Tokyo and other parts of the country are under a virus emergency that was extended to June 20 on Friday, just over a month before the opening ceremony on July 23.
The Yomiuri also released a new poll on Monday showing that 49 percent of people in Tokyo want the Games to continue, while 48 percent want them canceled.
Vaccine roll-out in Japan is slow, so far less than 2.5 percent of the population is fully vaccinated
A total of 25 percent said they wanted the Games to go ahead with a limited number of spectators, while 24 percent said they wanted them to be held without fans.
A new nationwide poll by the Nikkei newspaper found that 62 percent of respondents wanted the Games to be canceled or postponed again, while 34 percent were in favor of having them held this summer.
The organizers have repeatedly ruled out that the Games will be postponed again.