Tokyo Olympics Bans Local Spectators Amid New Covid Emergency

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    The Tokyo Olympics will ban domestic spectators in events held in Japan’s capital, revising an earlier decision to allow some fans, as the resurgence of virus cases pushed the government to declare a state of emergency in the city.

    The decision, announced by Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa, comes after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a fourth state of emergency for Tokyo, running from July 12 through Aug. 22.

    Events held in neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa, which will continue to be under quasi state of emergency, will also be spectator-less, the organizers announced late Thursday. Other regions including Fukushima and Miyagi, located north-east of Tokyo, will have some spectators.

    It’s a reversal from a decision last month to limit the number of spectators at either 10,000 or 50% of venue capacity, whichever is smaller. Arrangements on how to deal with the already sold tickets will be decided later, according to the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee.

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