Organizers announced Monday that a very limited number of fans will be allowed to spectate the Tokyo Olympics. They set limits to 50 per cent capacity with a maximum of 10,000 fans. All of the fans must be Japanese residents for each Olympic venue, regardless of if it is an indoor or outdoor event.
Officials in Japan said if cases start to rise again the rules may be changed and fans could still be barred together. Japan already banned spectators from abroad months ago, resulting in some local fans being forced to give their tickets up. Public opinion in Japan remains in high opposition to the country holding the Games in July. However, it may be softening as daily case counts have started to decrease in Japan.
Many health officials are still concerned that a country where most of the people are yet to be vaccinated, may suffer from crowds at the Olympics. It could drive cases back up and Japan’s top medical adviser, Dr. Shigeru Omi, said the safest way to hold the event is without fans.
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