Tokyo Olympics to Be Held Without Spectators

The Tokyo Olympics will be held without spectators, the organizers said, after Japan declared a new state of emergency that will continue through the end of the Games due to a rise in Covid-19 infections.

The plan was upended by a surge in infections in Japan this week, which prompted Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to put Tokyo under a state of emergency starting Monday and lasting until Aug. 22, the fourth emergency period since the start of the pandemic.

Shortly after Mr. Suga declared the emergency on Thursday, representatives of Tokyo Olympic organizers, the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government met and agreed to bar all spectators.

On Thursday, the city of Tokyo reported 896 new infections, up 27% from a week earlier.

The ban on spectators at the Olympics has some exceptions for events that will be held at venues outside of the Tokyo region.

Spectators will be allowed at events at the cycling velodrome around 60 miles southwest of Tokyo.

Tokyo’s new state of emergency requires restaurants to close early and not serve alcohol.

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