Tue, 03 Aug 2021

TOKYO, Japan: The Tokyo Olympic Committee met on Monday to announce that due to the ongoing Covid pandemic in Japan, only 50 percent of seating capacity will be allowed for fans in stadiums holding 10,000 people.

The decision was announced following meetings with the International Olympic Committee, Tokyo's government and the Japanese government.

"There are 32 days to go until the Olympic Games," the groups said in a joint statement Monday.

"The five parties will continue to work together to ensure safe and secure games for all."

While Japan's top coronavirus adviser said on Friday that to prevent the continuing spread of the virus in Japan it would be best to hold Olympic events without fans sitting in the stands, organizers said they would, instead, follow government limits for Olympic events.

While the Tokyo organizers said the schedule of the games has not been changed, they did say that further restrictions could be enacted if needed.

"In the event of any rapid change in infection status and in the capacity of the medical care system, a five-party meeting will be held promptly to consider further measures," the groups said.

Officials have said that face masks will be required at all events. Also, spectators will leave stadiums in a staggered manner.

Japan lifted a state of emergency for Tokyo on June 17.

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