The upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics will have very few fans to attend the Games. On Monday, organizers announced that only “selected” spectators will be allowed in person for the Games. No fans from other countries will be allowed in the event.
The reasoning behind the new rules is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
“In order to ensure the safety of all participants and spectators, it has been decided that tickets should no longer be sold but should be part of an adapted program which will invite groups of spectators to be present on site during the Games”, says the press release. . “Organizers expect these spectators to strictly adhere to COVID-19 countermeasures before, during and after each event to help create an absolutely safe environment for the athletes…the original plan to offer tickets to the grand audience was altered towards the viewers of selected bands.”
Fans wishing to attend will need to abide by China’s “countermeasures” against COVID-19, the Olympics website says. The Olympic Committee aims to “create a pleasant environment for the holding of the Games” and their protocols are put in place in the hope of creating such an environment.
With the latest announcement, there will be more health and safety protocols at the Beijing Olympics than there were at the Tokyo Olympics in the summer of 2021.
The Winter Olympics will take place from February 4 to 20. The Paralympic Winter Games take place from March 4 to 13.