Olympic media reported that Japan weighing up to 10,000 fans at sports event ahead of the Olympics, as organisers weigh how many domestic fans can attend the Games. This number of fans intended to come into force after the COVID-19 state of emergency ends on June 20 and will be discussed by the government’s virus task force on Wednesday as per the Nikkei business daily and Kyodo news agency.
The plan would limit spectators to 50 per cent of a venue’s capacity or 10,000 people, whichever is lower. This could set the boundaries for a decision to be made by Olympic organisers on how many domestic fans are allowed to attend Games events. As the foreign spectators have already been banned. Japan has so far suffered a small outbreak of COVID-19, with slightly more than 14,000 deaths despite having harsh lockdowns.
Its vaccination programme is slower as compared to the other developed nations. Japan just covered five per cent of the population fully inoculated so far. According to the current state of emergency, spectators are allowed at 5,000 people or 50 per cent of a venue’s capacity, whichever is possible. The experts and officials are concerned about the huge crowds attending the Games which could accelerate virus infections after the emergency ended. So the officials took this decision to allow 50 per cent of the venue’s capacity. The decision of fans is expected by the end of the month.