19/10/2020 08:14 – Updated: 10/19/2020 08:15
The Japan Professional Baseball League has announced that it will expand the entry of audience in stadiums up to 80% of its capacity total during certain matches, which will allow test effectiveness of anti-coronavirus measures for the Tokyo Olympics.
This initiative represents a further step in the relaxation of restrictions on spectator access to mass sporting events in Japan, since the beginning of last July the public was allowed to return to the stands of the main national sports competitions.
Is currently in force a cap of 50% of the total capacity of venues with more than 10,000 seats, although in the Japanese soccer league the clubs have chosen to keep the maximum entry at 10,000 people.
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This limit will be extended to around 80% of the capacity of the Yokohama Stadium, with capacity for 34,000 people, during three games of the national baseball league that the local team, the Yokohama DeNA BayStars, will play between October 30 and November 1, as announced today by those responsible for the championship.
The objective is to “review the measures in place and progressively test to know how much public could enter the stadiums,” according to the commissioner of the National Baseball League (NPB), Atsushi Saito, at a press conference on Monday. electronically.
The events will provide “data and results” about current contagion prevention measures that will be useful not only for national competitions, but also for the Olympic Games scheduled in Tokyo for the summer of 2021, said Mitsuo Kaku, a health expert and one of those in charge of coordinate such measures in national leagues.
In the case of the soccer league, the cap of 50% of the capacity in the stadiums will be maintained for now, although it is expected that in the final of the Levain Cup to be held on November 7 24,000 viewers are reached for the first time in the stands of an enclosure from the limitations imposed by the pandemic.
That match will be played at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium, which will be the main venue for the Games in the Japanese capital, while the aforementioned Yokohama Stadium will host the Olympic baseball and softball tournaments.
The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics have indicated that they are closely following the health security measures taken in the main national sports competitions with a view to their possible application in the Olympic event that was postponed for a year due to the pandemic.
In addition to limited access to stadiums, in Japan the body temperature of each spectator is taken, social distancing is applied and singing, shouting or hugging is prohibited in the stands, among other measures aimed at preventing the spread of the new coronavirus.
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