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Tokyo Olympics to bar alcohol due to spread of Covid

Robert Besser
25 Jun 2021, 11:23 GMT+10

TOKYO, Japan: With under one month before the start of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, media reports that officials will announce the banning of the consumption of alcohol, in a bid to prevent the spread of the Covid virus.

Regulations will call for ticket holders being unable to consume alcohol at any events during the games.

The only spectators allowed entry at the Olympics will be Japanese, as foreigners will not be in attendance to reduce the possibility of spreading COVID-19. However, spectators will not be allowed to consume alcohol, shout or wave banners to support the athletes.

The rules will also prevent spectators from gathering, eating or drinking in the streets after the competitions, as fans will be asked to return home after the games conclude each day.

An 18-page guideline issued for the games states that spectators will not be allowed entry if two subsequent temperature scans exceed 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Those who are self-quarantining, living with quarantined family members or showing symptoms will also be denied entry.

Due to the summer heat, officials are also urging attendees to drink large qualities of water, and to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others.

Additionally, stadiums will only be allowed to admit 50 percent of the seating capacity, with a limit of 10,000 spectators.

The Games will be held in some 40 locations throughout the Tokyo-area. Japan lifted a state of emergency for Tokyo on June 17.

The Summer Olympic Games begin on July 23 and continue through August 8.

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