The organization of the Olympic Games in Tokyo does not see the declaration of a state of emergency as an obstacle to preparations for the global sporting event.
According to the Japanese, it is good that action is now being taken. “This offers Tokyo 2020 the opportunity to make plans for safe Games next summer,” the organization told the BBC. “We will continue with the preparations.”
Just less than 200 days before the start of the Games, the Japanese government declared a state of emergency in the Tokyo region and three surrounding areas. According to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, this is necessary to reduce the increasing number of daily corona cases.
For example, the catering industry has to stop serving alcohol every evening at 7 pm and close their doors an hour later. After 8:00 pm, residents of Tokyo and surrounding regions should stay indoors as much as possible.
The measures will take effect on Friday and will, in any case, apply until February 7. Japan is dealing with relatively low corona rates. In the host country of the Games, more than 3,600 people have so far died from Covid-19.
However, the speed at which the number of infections and deaths is increasing is worrying the government. Shinzo Abe, Suga’s predecessor as prime minister, also declared a state of emergency last year.
The torch with which the Olympic flame will travel through Japan would be shown to the public in several cities around Tokyo in the coming weeks. However, those exhibitions have been cancelled for the rest of this month. The organization wants to prevent that many people come together, and the virus can spread.