Tokyo has announced the elimination of fan-zones planned to follow the competitions on giant screens. The reason given? The health crisis linked to the Covid-19 epidemic.
The six fan-zones initially planned to follow the Olympic competitions in Tokyo during the Olympic Games (July 23-August 8) on giant screens are being canceled due to the health crisis, the governor of the Japanese capital, Yuriko Koike announced on Saturday. .
“We have decided to cancel these events which bring people together,” she told reporters after a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. “To compensate, we will be using the internet even more to create the atmosphere of the Games and to disseminate a lot of cultural information,” continued Ms. Suga.
Tokyo has yet to vote for local spectators
Japan has already banned foreign audiences from entering its territory for the event and has also reduced the number of volunteers and guests. The announcement comes two days before an important meeting with members of the Games organization to finalize what will be allowed for local spectators.
Policies and organizers are pushing to allow a few spectators to attend the competitions, but health experts advising the government believe it would be safer to hold the Games behind closed doors. The Japanese archipelago has been relatively spared from the pandemic, having officially deplored 14,000 deaths linked to Covid 19 since early 2020.
But the health crisis has put pressure on the hospital system and the reception of the Olympic Games raises concerns about an upsurge in cases and an aggravated spread of variants, especially as barely 6% of the Japanese population is fully vaccinated for the time being. .