Tokyo Olympics Will Not Allow Fans After Japan Declares COVID State Of Emergency

Sao Paulo / Brazil - July 17 2019: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games banner with its logo in front of Japan House.

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The Tokyo Olympics will not be allowing fans or spectators after Japan declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The news was announced by organizers on Thursday morning, just two weeks before the Summer Olympics are scheduled to start on Friday, July 23.

“It is regrettable that we are delivering the Games in a very limited format, facing the spread of coronavirus infections,” Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto said in a statement, according to Reuters.

“I am sorry to those who purchased tickets and everyone in local areas.”

From the report:

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said it was essential to prevent Tokyo, where the highly infectious Delta COVID-19 variant was spreading, from becoming the source of another wave of infections.

The Olympics will run through Sunday, August 8.

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