Maybe they’ll hand out Olympic medals for boredom: Chinese officers are banning spectators from cheering in the course of the upcoming video games in a bid to cease the unfold of COVID-19.
The elaborate precautions are even tighter than those enforced in the course of the summer time’s Tokyo Games, as Beijing has maintained a “Zero COVID” coverage since early within the pandemic.
Everyone — together with the athletes — is requested to clap as a substitute of shouting, cheering, or singing. Athletes have to be vaccinated — or face a 21-day quarantine — take checks day by day and put on masks when not competing or coaching.
Anyone who checks optimistic for COVID-19 is shipped into isolation and can’t compete till cleared for discharge. Spectators from abroad gained’t be allowed, although some space residents could also be permitted to attend.
With practically three weeks to go earlier than the beginning of the Games, which run Feb. 4-20, greater than 20 million folks in six cities are beneath lockdown after current outbreaks.