Daily US Times: Despite warnings from health bosses, up to 10,000 Japanese fans will be permitted at Tokyo 2020 Olympic venues,
Overseas spectators are already banned from the games but organisers said domestic fans could attend providing crowds did not exceed 50% of a venue’s capacity.
Fans will not be allowed to speak loudly or shout, and must wear face masks at all times while in venues.
The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to begin on 23 July, while the Paralympics follow a month later, from 24 August.
Spectator numbers for the Paralympics will be confirmed by 16 July, said a joint statement from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, the Tokyo metropolitan government and the government of Japan.
The decision to allow spectators comes despite the Japanese medical experts’ report released last week that said holding the Games without spectators was the “least risky” and most desirable option.
Tokyo 2020 organising committee president Seiko Hashimoto said: “There are so many cases, domestically and internationally [of] sports events with spectators.”
He added: “By exercising thorough measures and based on the government criteria, we believe we can hold the Games with spectators.”
Sponsors and delegates will be classed as organisers, and therefore will not be included in the 10,000 spectator limit.
Should there be a rapid increase in coronavirus infections and impact on Japan’s healthcare systems, the five parties will consider further restrictions.
This could include further reducing spectator numbers at venues.
There are fears that the Tokyo Olympics may trigger a surge in coronavirus infections in Japan.