Japan could be allowing up to 10,000 fans at sporting events before the Olympics, media reported on Wednesday, as organizers weigh what percentage of domestic fans can attend the Games.
The measure, which can become after the coronavirus state of emergency ends on June 20, is going to be discussed by the government’s virus working party on Wednesday, the Nikkei business daily, and the Kyodo news agency informed.
The plan would limit viewers to 50% of a venue’s capacity or 10,000 people, whichever is a smaller amount. It could set limits for a choice by Olympic organizers on what percentage of national fans, if any, can attend Games events. Foreign viewers have already been banned there.
The Olympic decision is predicted only after the virus emergency in Tokyo ends on June 20 and therefore the government clarifies what measures will replace it. Though, experts and officials have expressed concern that enormous crowds attending the Games could accelerate virus infections after the emergency is over.
Japan has seen a relatively small virus outbreak thus far, with just over 14,000 deaths despite avoiding severe lockdowns. But its vaccination program has moved slower than many other developed nations, with just over 5 percent of the population completely inoculated thus far.
Under the present state of emergency, spectators are limited to 5,000 people or 50 percent of a venue’s capacity. The decision on the Olympic fans is predicted by the top of the month.