With one month to go before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Japan is lifting its state of emergency on Sunday 20 June, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga confirmed on Thursday.
The Japanese government will lift the state of health emergency in most of the country’s counties on Sunday, including Tokyo, which is due to host the Olympic Games in just over a month’s time on 23 July, while maintaining certain measures. The reduced restrictions will, among other things, allow events (sporting events, concerts) with spectators to be authorised again, but with a capacity of 50% of the capacity of each site and a maximum of 10,000 people.
As a result, the presence of spectators from abroad was banned in March, a first for an Olympic Games, and a decision for those living in Japan is expected early next week, according to several local media.
Strict measures for athletes
For months, the organisers have been trying to reassure the Japanese public about the Olympics by introducing sometimes drastic restrictions for all participants. Athletes risk being disqualified if they violate anti-Covid measures, such as daily testing and the wearing of masks.
Finally, the organisers expect more than 80% of athletes to be vaccinated by the time of the Games, but they will still not be able to interact with the public in Japan.
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