Preparations for the Summer Olympics

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An update on the broadcasting side of things: I emailed my contacts at the OBS a few days ago to ask what if any contingencies might be in place for us commentators. The short answer is that we're still planning to report to Tokyo as per our original schedule - as I suspected, they don't have the ability to facilitate commentators working from home, but they're not planning on having us arrive two weeks early to quarantine as such either. Instead, the basic idea is that we'll all need to be particularly careful to quasi-quarantine at home for the two weeks before we fly over and then get proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of our first departing flight. Once we're in Japan, we're not supposed to use any public transportation without permission, keep at least one meter from other co-workers at all times, avoid enclosed spaces and crowds where possible, and so on. We also need to make sure we have access to enough face masks to last throughout our stay in Japan, which could be quite a few given the heat and humidity likely to in place. I've been sent the link to a 36-page "Playbook" for broadcasters, and other similar documentation for different types of workers heading to Tokyo, and basically, I don't think I'm going to have any sort of touristy experiences while I'm there - or really, much fun at all - but it certainly feels like the Games are going ahead.
That all sounds kind of sucky for you, sorry. Are you still expected to go to Sendai for the opening rounds of baseball/softball, then back down here for the later rounds? How do they propose you get around - will they be putting you up near venues, and shuttling you to/from?

re masks - I assume you'll just pack a ton of them but don't sweat that too much, they are available everywhere here.
 
That all sounds kind of sucky for you, sorry. Are you still expected to go to Sendai for the opening rounds of baseball/softball, then back down here for the later rounds? How do they propose you get around - will they be putting you up near venues, and shuttling you to/from?
I'm calling all of my games from the International Broadcast Centre - as far as I know, I won't get to attend any games in person. (I was hoping to be able to do so on one or more of my off days, but somehow I doubt that will be encouraged under the COVID protocols.) So yeah, this isn't exactly going to be a dream Olympic assignment for me.
 

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Maybe worth updating the thread title?

Japan considers to hold Tokyo Olympics with 50% capacity

Japan is considering limiting spectators for the delayed Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics to 50 percent of venue capacity due to risks posed by the spread of Covid-19.

For large venues the limit for spectators could be set at 20,000, but more people may be allowed if the pandemic situation improves, the Sankei newspaper reported.

Japan's organising committee will announce its decision next month and is expected to comply with domestic regulations, the newspaper said, citing sources it did not named in the government and on the committee.

Meanwhile the government is leaning towards ending a state of emergency for Tokyo and surrounding areas over as scheduled on March 21.

The government is expected to make its decision at a meeting with advisers on March 18, the newspaper reported. Calls to the prime minister's office were not answered.
I still think the symbolic gesture of holding the Olympics this summer will go a long way towards bringing back some global unity as we move beyond COVID this summer for most developed nations.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.trtworld.com/life/russia-s-daily-coronavirus-cases-top-10-000-again-latest-updates-44985/amp
 

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Japan won’t be allowing foreign spectators. (Not sure if that just means paying fans, or if national team officials and other non-competitors will also be excluded.) Capacity limits for domestic spectators will be announced next month.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/spectators-from-overseas-to-be-barred-from-tokyo-olympics-11616241099?st=ri9x9cy1q88ju3i&reflink=article_copyURL_share
I'm pretty sure it means "paying fans", insofar as there are way too many non-Japanese workers involved in organizing and staging and broadcasting the Games - like me - who couldn't realistically be replaced at this late date. I'm sure Japan would feel infinitely more comfortable tracking and tracing only those of us coming to Japan in an official capacity than having to deal with any number of people arriving purely as spectators and feeling free to roam wherever and do whatever they like.