Tokyo Olympic spectator cap set at 10,000
Written by tokyoclub on June 23, 2021
Tokyo Games officials have decided to allow up to 10,000 domestic spectators at Olympic events, provided each venue does not exceed 50 percent capacity.
It’s in line with the Japanese government’s plan to ease the capacity limits from 5,000 to 10,000 next month after intensive virus measures are lifted.
Organizers had already decided they won’t welcome any overseas spectators.
But capacity rules could change. The chief of the organizing committee said last week, depending on the situation, the Games might be held without spectators.
And Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide told reporters on Monday he won’t hesitate to ban spectators, if a state of emergency is issued.
The Japanese public has been concerned a sudden movement of people to and from the events could cause the virus to spread.
The government’s top coronavirus advisor and 25 other health experts said the most desirable option is for athletes to compete without an audience.
The Olympics will kick off on July 23. The officials have not decided on the spectators for the Paralympics, which will start on August 24.