COVID-19: Tokyo Olympics fans to need vaccination or virus test

Tokyo Olympics fans may have to be vaccinated or test negative before being allowed into venues, a Japanese newspaper report said.

Cheering, eating, high-fives and drinking alcohol would also be banned under controls now being considered, the Yomiuri Shimbun daily said, citing unnamed government officials.

Organisers are set to decide in June how many spectators, if any, will be allowed to attend the pandemic-postponed Games.

Overseas fans are already barred, and the report warned domestic spectators may be denied entrance or kicked out f or breaking the rules.

“The plan is to stop the spread of infections during Games time with strict countermeasures,” the paper said.

Under the plan, spectators must be able to show a vaccination certificate or a negative test taken at their own expense less than a week before entering the venue.

They must wear masks and fill in health-check sheets, and once inside must not cheer loudly or high-five each other.