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Tokyo 2020 athletes may be able to skip mandatory quarantine for next year’s Olympic Games

Japan is considering letting athletes skip the 14-day coronavirus quarantine to avoid affecting their performance

Kasey Furutani
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Kasey Furutani

With all the recent developments in Japan related to Covid-19 coronavirus, there hasn't been much update on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. If all goes to plan, one year from today, we should be cheering on the Paralympic Games, which will end on September 5 2021. However, there are still tons of logistical issues to be worked out in order to hold the event safely. Tokyo 2020 organisers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are planning to simplify the Games, to help reduce the spread of coronavirus while also keeping the cost of the rescheduling reasonable. 

How will Tokyo accommodate the athletes travelling to Japan from 206 nations around the world? NHK World reports that the government is drafting new regulations that will allow athletes to forgo the 14-day quarantine currently required for all foreign residents and travellers on arrival in Japan. It’s possible athletes and Olympic officials will be asked to stay within Olympic Village instead. 

The quarantine rules for travellers entering Japan all vary. Currently, foreign residents and visitors coming in under Japan’s new travel bubble are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival and refrain from taking public transport during that period. Short-term business travellers are exempt from the quarantine, but must submit a detailed itinerary in advance and also avoid public transport.

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