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Fans barred from Olympics in Tokyo

There will be no fans allowed into most Tokyo 2020 Olympics venues after a state of emergency was declared in the Japanese capital because of rising Covid cases.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) and the Government of Japan met following the announcement of the state of emergency.

In response to the state of emergency stricter measures with regard to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 were decided upon.

No spectators will be allowed into any venues in Tokyo during the Olympic Games. Under this policy, in areas where emergency measures are not in force, local government authorities will meet and decide specific measures in consultation with the local governors based on the situation in each area.

At the moment this means that venues in Tokyo and other areas near the capital city will not be allowed to hold events with fans during the Games.

But stadiums in the regions of Fukushima, Miyagi and Shizuoka will be permitted to have spectators up to 50% of capacity and up to 10,000 people.

A decision regarding the admission of Paralympic event spectators will now be taken when the Olympic Games end. The five authorities said in a statement:

All five parties deeply regret for the athletes and for the spectators that this measure had to be put in place for the reasons outlined above.

The Olympic Games are scheduled to take place in the Japanese capital between 23 July and 8 August. The Paralympic Games are between 24 August and 5 September.

There has been widespread opposition to them because of the coronavirus crisis and mounting budget over-runs.