The Beijing 2022 Playbooks were released on Monday, outlining the COVID-19 countermeasures that will be put in place for the Winter Olympics due to start in February in the Chinese capital.
The vaccination policy, which will be extremely strict in Beijing, highlights the handbook for athletes and team officials.
Vaccination is mandatory 14 days before entering China, and if an athlete or team official chooses not to be vaccinated, they will need to self-quarantine for 21 days in the country, as we reported. previously. Two PCR tests will be required within 96 hours of entering China, upon arrival and daily during the Games.
In Tokyo, the IOC strongly encouraged athletes to be vaccinated, as well as many National Olympic Committees, although it was never mandatory.
Vaccines are generally more widely available now than they were before the Tokyo Games in July.
“The IOC and IPC are working with NOCs and NPCs to encourage and assist all Games participants in their territory to be vaccinated before traveling to China, in accordance with national vaccination guidelines. “
Any exceptions to the vaccination rules in Beijing will only be made for medical reasons as determined by Beijing 2022, the IOC and the IPC.
A closed-loop management system will also be put in place, as well as the Covid Liaison Officer (CLO) program for all organizations as was the case in Tokyo. This will require participants to check in daily on a smartphone app to report their medical condition.
The Playbook also notes that “masks should be worn at all times when assisting others” and continually emphasizes limiting physical contact and social distancing where possible. He also notes to avoid shouting, cheering and singing – “show your support or celebrate by clapping instead”.
The Playbook also specifies that personal data will be collected in order to comply with the countermeasures:
“Some of the countermeasures in this Playbook require the collection and processing of the personal data of accredited participants in the Games. This includes biographical information (such as name, date of birth, accreditation number) and health-related data (such as body temperature, symptoms, health report, status vaccine).
The number of daily COVID-19 cases in China has remained relatively under control over the past month. In August, the number of daily cases reached 110, approaching the country’s daily maximum of 123 as of January, but stabilized and stood between 30 and 40 new daily cases over the past week.
Mainland China currently has 96,874 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, with 4,636 confirmed deaths.
Globally, after peaking at 700,000 daily cases in August, the current seven-day average points to just over 400,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day.