Sumary of State of Emergency During the Olympic Games Results in Ban of All Tokyo Spectators:
- After a year-long postponement of the Tokyo Olympics originally scheduled for 2020, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga confirmed that the city will function under a state of emergency during the Games due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.
- It’s worth noting, however, that Japanese Olympics Minister Tamayo Marukawa said events taking place outside of Tokyo — in Fukushima, Miyagi, and Shizuoka — will allow a limited number of fans up to 50 percent capacity and 10,000 spectators.
- As for competitions during the Paralympics in Tokyo, a joint statement reads, “the decision regarding the admission of Paralympic event spectators will now be taken when the Olympic Games end.” Marukawa confirmed that a decision would be made after Aug.
- Tokyo cited 920 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, and the more-transmissible Delta variant is responsible for up to 30 percent of cases, said Yasutoshi Nishimura, a Japanese politician in charge of the nation’s pandemic response, per CNN.