The Olympics are held in Japan-but cut off from it
CBC arrives in Tokyo this week for the 2020 Olympics. A week after the opening ceremony, Adrienne Arsenault reviewed how officials tried to keep athletes and members of the media under control to limit any risk of the spread of COVID-19.
Paying close attention to all of this must feel like herding cats. A week before the opening of the Tokyo Summer Olympics, athletes, officials, and members of the world’s media began to flock to the airport in this city that is very disturbed by the opening of the doors.
At the right time, the worries from Tokyo are growing. The restrictions on everyone are getting stricter.
Audiences at home and abroad already know that they cannot participate in these events. Thousands of volunteers were told that they were no longer needed.
Now, the organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have stated that they will restrict access to cauldrons, fan areas and fan activity centers. In addition to watching all this on TV, the Japanese may not be able to escape this experience.
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The last minute, although it can be said to be inevitable, but the limit is because of the last minute, although it can be said to be inevitable, the surge in coronavirus cases.
Tokyo reported its highest COVID-19 number in six months on Thursday, and officials confirmed 1,308 new cases. The city is in its fourth state of emergency, but the subway is still busy, restaurants are still open, and people are still going to work. The launch of the vaccine is still a struggle.
Approximately 30% of people in this country have only received the vaccine once. So there is anxiety and fatigue. Of course, everyone who arrived was frustrated.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Thursday that the risk of Olympic tourists infecting anyone in the city is “zero” because positive cases will be immediately quarantined.
This is a bold promise. People did not seem to calm down because of this, and protests are expected to be held on Friday.
Instead, there is an incentive to ensure that the rules are followed, and those who do not know or otherwise deviate are sanctioned.
There was even a call for harsher punishments in Parliament on Thursday.
Watch | The rise in COVID-19 cases before the Tokyo Olympics:
Those athletes who have come here without most of the support network can now only stay in the bubble for the shortest time necessary. Do not go to restaurants, tourist attractions, shops or take public transportation. They have just been told that no one will hang medals around their necks on the podium. Instead, the medals will be placed on the tray. They will have to put them on themselves.
This is a limitation that many people may not have anticipated.
The restrictions on members of the media are as follows:
There is no statutory requirement that attendees must be vaccinated, but it is reported that about 80% of attendees are vaccinated. At least two PCR COVID tests must be performed within 96 and 72 hours before traveling to Japan. Before arriving, a series of contact tracking and public surveillance applications must be uploaded to the phone.
People must accept that they must fill out health forms and take their temperature every day, and in some cases, just like CBC’s news team, they will be tested for COVID every day. You must promise to always turn on the GPS on your phone. After arriving at the airport, a quick test will be conducted.
Once passed, the accredited personnel will be transported to their various residences.
Not walking outside
For the first 14 days, there is a kind of “soft isolation”. This means that you can only drive between the hotel and the pre-approved location, and you cannot get off the car on the way.
There is no public transportation, nor can you walk around outside. Do not meet with residents in public. Except for going to and returning from the convenience store within 15 minutes, you are not allowed to leave the hotel.
Other rules are evolving, and chaos is forming. There is no media village like in the past Olympic Games, so the staff are placed in different hotels.
But this is where things get complicated. Sometimes, these hotels also have the general public. Therefore, the corridor and the breakfast room are places where mixing may occur.
It seems that something happened in the hotel where the Brazilian athlete stayed. Seven staff members tested positive. According to reports, the athletes are very negative, but everyone is nervous. Chinese officials are upset that the Japanese public is still staying and visiting the hotels where the Chinese athletes stayed.
Put all this together and you will eventually host the Olympics in Japan in a week, but you will be cut off from Japan.
It takes effort to inject happiness into everyone’s experience, especially for a host city that has done so much but is now being asked to provide more.