Tokyo plans with viewers (neue-deutschland.de)

The Olympic Rings illuminate the water under the Rainbow Bridge. The Olympic symbol was reinstalled after it was removed for maintenance prior to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Tokyo. Japan wants to allow as many foreign spectators as possible into the country for the Summer Olympics, which have been postponed to next year due to the corona. A mask requirement should apply to all visitors and athletes, as can be seen from an interim report by the Japanese organizers on the planned corona measures presented on Wednesday. How many foreign viewers will ultimately be allowed into the country and into the arenas should be decided in the spring, said the managing director of the organizing committee, Toshiro Muto.

The no vaccine plan

Since the reports about the development of vaccines have been rolling out recently, manufacturers and politicians are hoping that they will be used this year. However, Japan’s Olympic champions are planning to continue without a vaccine for the time being. The hosts of the Games had recently seen a significant increase in the number of infections in their own country, which threatens to overload the health system again. Japan is still doing well internationally.

According to the previous planning, foreign athletes must present a negative corona test upon entry that is not older than 72 hours. In addition, they should be tested every four to five days and leave shortly after their competitions, according to the organizers’ plans. The athletes’ village in Tokyo should be equipped with a sophisticated medical care system and only the shortest possible stay for the athletes should be allowed there. There are also numerous rules such as maintaining safety distances and wearing masks. Practically every citizen in Japan wears a mask voluntarily. However, since the games take place in July and August and thus in the hottest months in East Asia, when there is usually extremely high humidity, you should also be careful about heat strokes when wearing face masks.

Spectators arriving from countries with relatively low numbers of infections should be exempted from the two-week quarantine requirement in Japan. The foreign visitors are expected to be asked to download a Corona contact app for smartphones and provide information about their state of health. However, they should be allowed to use public transport.

The doubts remain

Because of the global pandemic, the Tokyo games originally planned for this summer had been postponed until next year. Around 4.5 million tickets had already been sold in Japan and almost a million overseas. However, since the postponement could lead to cancellations, it cannot be foreseen how many visitors from abroad will want to come to the games. And in view of the renewed increase in the number of infections, persistent doubts remain whether the games can really take place. However, Japan and the International Olympic Committee are not only determined to host the Games while keeping everyone safe. They also hope that, despite the adversity and numerous corona-related restrictions, the games will end up being cheerful and solemn. dpa / nd

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