No fan will be allowed to watch the Olympians perform in person at the Games this summer … spectators have now been banned from the Tokyo Olympics due to COVID-19.
The Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga just declared a state of emergency in Tokyo … after residents of the densely populated area saw a spike in coronavirus cases.
Suga said on Thursday that the state of emergency – and the heavy restrictions that go with it – will be in place until August 22.
The Games will run from July 23 to August 8.
“The number of infected cases in the region, including Tokyo, has increased since the end of last month,” Suga said.
“The number of severe cases and the bed occupancy rate remain low, but given the impact of the variants, we need to strengthen the countermeasures so that the infection does not spread nationwide.”
The Tokyo Olympics had already been postponed from 2020 to 2021.
Olympics officials apologized Thursday to those who had tickets to the event.
Medical experts, meanwhile, continued to stress that a spectator ban was the safest way to hold the Games this summer.
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