Tokyo Olympics: Fans from less-infected countries may be exempt from quarantine

Tokyo Olympics: Fans from less-infected countries may be exempt from quarantine


Foreign spectators at next summer’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are likely to be exempt from Japan’s 14-day quarantine requirement if they are from countries or regions with relatively fewer COVID-19 cases, according to a government panel.

The panel — including officials from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the national government and Tokyo 2020 organizers — elected to decide by next spring whether to permit overseas fans to attend the Summer Games.

The event was postponed from this year as the virus began to spread across the globe, Kyodo News reported.

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If approved, visitors will be allowed to use public transportation during their stay, according to the panel.

But stringent guidelines, now in the works, are likely to ban fans from talking too loudly, and require them to wear masks and disinfect thoroughly.

Athletes and staff participating in international competitions or training camps prior to the games will also be exempted from a quarantine requirement.

“Athletes, coaches and Games officials that

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