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Olympics will be a ‘safe and secure‘ event

According to Nikkei Asia

Athletes are to obey strict movement during the Games:

At the heart of the preparations is the Olympics village in the Harumi waterfront district of Tokyo -- a 44-hectare complex of 21 buildings where athletes will eat, sleep and train in bubbles. They will be frequently tested for COVID-19 and have to obey strict movement and social distancing restrictions.

A clinic will be open around the clock to provide care for any athlete thought to be infected. While waiting for test results, the athlete will have to quarantine in a private room. From July 1, any overseas athlete who tests positive on arrival will be taken for a confirmatory PCR test. If the result is positive, the athlete will have to isolate in a facility set up by Tokyo 2020. All athletes will have to take daily tests, with up to 18,000 saliva samples expected to be collected each day. Organizers are considering measures such as video recordings and spot checks to ensure rules are followed.

Organizers and spectators number are limited

Apart from the athletes, the organizers also face the challenge of keeping the 8,000-or-so volunteers who work in the village COVID-safe. Organizers say those who are expected to come into close contact with athletes will be vaccinated. The number of spectators has been capped at 10,000, or 50% of capacity, at each venue, to follow the 'keeping distance' rule.

Spectators will not be asked to prove they are COVID-negative, but they will have to wear masks, travel directly between their accommodation and venues, and are not allowed to cheer during events. Suga said this week he would ban spectators if there was a surge in infections.

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