UPDATE: As COVID-19 cases continued to rise, the Japanese government declared a state of emergency. The Olympic games will continue, but no spectators will be allowed to attend events. Only athletes, trainers, and members of the media will now be allowed to attend Olympic events in Toyko.
Last summer, the 2020 Olympic Games were cancelled. The Tokyo Olympic Games will now take place this summer. They will look different from games in the past because of COVID-19. Many people in Japan didn’t want the Olympic Games. They worried that people from other countries might make COVID-19 spread in the country.
Some doctors wanted to cancel the Olympic Games. There were many COVID-19 patients in hospitals. Not many people in Japan had vaccines. But now infection rates are going down. There will be strict rules in place to make sure that the Olympic Games run smoothly, and that people stay healthy.
Athletes will come from all over the world, but only fans from Japan will be able to attend the games. International visitors from the media and athletic trainers are allowed to enter the stadiums.
Everyone at the Olympic Games will need regular COVID-19 testing, social distancing, and masks. These rules are required even when athletes aren’t competing. The International Olympic Committee has encouraged countries to vaccinate all their athletes before the Games start.
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