As public opposition towards the game remains strong, Japan is considering making negative COVID-19 test results or vaccination records from fans attending the Tokyo Olympics mandatory, according to the media reports.
Foreign spectators have already been banned and game organisers are expected to make a decision next month on whether the local fans will be able to attend and, if so, under what conditions.
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.
“The plan is to stop the spread of infections during Games time with strict countermeasures,” the paper said.
The Japanese government is already taking lots of measures to ensure a safe Tokyo Olympics this summer. The government was also considering whether spectators should be required to show a negative test result taken within a week of attending an Olympic event.
Though the government remains adamant that the games will proceed as planned, the locals are criticising the decision of hosting the Olympics in the middle of a pandemic.
The term “negative test certificate” was trending on Twitter in Japan, garnering over 8,000 tweets on May 31 morning.
However, Japan’s top government spokesman Katsunobu Kato told reporters that he is not aware of any such decision that has been made regarding the issue.
Even the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment on the report.
Japan’s vaccine rollout has been moving slowly, with less than 2.5 percent of the population fully vaccinated so far. Tokyo and other parts of the country are under a virus state of emergency which was extended on Friday until 20 June, just over a month before the opening ceremony on 23 July.