Tokyo Games' Public Viewing To Be Scaled Back

Tokyo Games' public viewing to be scaled back

Public viewing events for next year's Olympics and Paralympics will be scaled back to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to strengthen disinfection and other health measures at venues where people can view sports and experience the Tokyo Games.

Tokyo officials say they are considering limiting the number of spectators at six sites, including Yoyogi Park and Inokashira park, by requiring advance reservations.

Plans for public viewing at a site in the metropolitan government building have been cancelled. Visitors will only be able to enjoy taking pictures there with the Games' mascots.

The officials hope to summarize an implementation plan as early as next spring after discussing details, such as changes in seating layouts and the maximum numbers of people who can be accommodated at various sites.

An official says they will prepare plans to secure appropriate anti-infection measures to help ensure visitor safety.