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Tokyo Olympics will require fans to vaccinate or test for Covid

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Tokyo, Japan: Fans attending the Tokyo Olympics may be required to be vaccinated or test negative for the coronavirus before entering venues, according to a Japanese newspaper story published Monday.

Cheering, eating, high-fives, and drinking alcohol would all be prohibited under the proposed rules, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun, citing anonymous government officials.

Organizers will decide in June how many spectators, if any, would be allowed to attend the Games, which have been postponed due to the pandemic.

Domestic spectators may be denied entry or booted out if they disobey the regulations, according to the article. Overseas fans are already excluded.

“The plan is to stop the spread of infections during Games time with strict countermeasures,” the paper said.

Spectators must provide a vaccination certificate or a negative test performed at their own expense less than a week before entering the venue, according to the plan.

They must wear masks and fill out health-check paperwork, and they are not allowed to clap or high-five each other once inside.

According to the article, security officers would be stationed around venues to monitor behavior, and public viewing locations would be canceled or reduced up.

Japan’s vaccine rollout has been gradual, with just about 2.5 percent of the population having been fully immunized.

The viral state of emergency in Tokyo and other parts of the country was extended on Friday until June 20, a little over a month before the opening ceremony on July 23.

On Monday, the Yomiuri published a fresh poll showing that 49 percent of Tokyo residents want the Games to go on, while 48 percent want them canceled.

A total of 25% stated they wanted the Games to take place with a small number of spectators, while 24% stated they didn’t want them to take place at all.

According to a new nationwide poll conducted by the Nikkei newspaper, 62% of respondents wanted the Games to be canceled or postponed again, while 34% wanted them to be held this summer.

The organizers have frequently stated that the Games will not be postponed.

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