Japan considers Olympic fans to have negative COVID tests, vaccinations for Tokyo Olympics 2021

The Yomiuri newspaper reported on Monday, that Japan is considering requiring mandatory COVID-19 test results or vaccination records from fans to allow them to attend the Tokyo Olympics 2021 as according to a new poll showed public opposition to the Games remained strong. Two months away from the opening of the Games the public confidence has been shaken by the fourth wave of coronavirus infections and a slow vaccination rollout.

The spectators from outside Japan are already banned and game organizers are expected to make a decision next month on whether the Japanese fans are allowed to attend and if they are so, under what conditions or restrictions. Along with other coronavirus measures like banning loud cheering and high-fives, the Yomiuri newspaper told that the government was considering whether spectators should be required to show negative test results taken within a week of attending an Olympic event.

A public poll published by the Nikkei paper on Monday showed that 60% of respondents were in favour of canceling or delaying the Games through a result in line with previous polls by other media outlets. The games have been postponed once due to the pandemic though, the Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee have announced that the July 23-Aug with 8 event will go ahead under strict COVID-safe rules.

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