Up to 10,000 fans will be allowed at Tokyo Olympic events, organizers said on June 21, despite the warnings from health experts.
“In light of the government’s restrictions on public events, the spectator limit for the Olympic Games will be set at 50 per cent of venue capacity, up to a maximum of 10,000 people in all venues,” organisers said in a statement.
The organisers said they would leave open the option of holding events without spectators if the infection situation worsened before or during the Olympics.
“If there should be major dramatic change in infections, we may need to revisit this matter amongst ourselves, and we may need to consider the option of having no spectators in the venues,” the governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, said.
The president of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, Seiko Hashimoto, said “We want people there to appreciate Tokyo 2020. What is most important is for people in Japan to feel safe and secure, so we have to keep providing information to make them feel that way.”
The spectators will not be allowed to shout or speak loudly, and must wear face masks at all times while in venues, said the organizers.
The Olympics are scheduled to begin on 23 July, while the Paralympics follow a month later, from 24 August.