TOKYO, Japan: In response to the surge in Covid infections in Japan, the government is weighing imposing regulations to require those fans attending the games to show proof of negative COVID-19 test results or vaccination certificates.
A state of emergency currently exists in Tokyo, and was extended on Friday until June 20.
The Olympics are scheduled to begin July 23.
Foreign spectators will not be allowed to attend the games, and officials are considering imposing restrictions on Japanese fans wishing to attend.
It is possible that Japanese fans at the games will not only be prohibited from loud cheering and high-fives, but local media reports that the government is considering requiring a negative test result taken within a week of attending an Olympic event.
Toshiaki Endo, vice president of the Tokyo Olympics committee, told Reuters that limited spectators might be allowed into stadiums, though he preferred a total ban on fans.
A large segment of the Japanese public, however, believes the games should not be held.
A poll published on Monday saw over 60 percent of respondents favored the canceling or delaying of the Games.
The Tokyo Games were postponed last year due to the Covid pandemic. However, the Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee have stated that the Games should be held in 2021 by enforcing strict COVID-safe rules.