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Tokyo forbids alcohol, autographs, cheering and hugs for Olympic spectators

Only Japanese residents will be allowed to attend the games in July and must follow rules including a temperature check and no cheering.

Updated: June 24, 2021 - 10:51am

Organizers of the summer Olympic Games in Tokyo on Wednesday announced rule for spectators at next month's competition that include no alcohol, cheering or hugs in the stadiums in an effort to minimize the spread of the coronavirus.

The announcement follows the officials saying Monday that the venues will be allowed to hold 50% capacity, up to 10,000 fans, and only residents from Japan can attend. Those in attendance will be expected to wear a mask and undergo a temperature check upon arrival.

Festivities “will have to be suppressed," Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo 2020 Games said of the strict rules. Fans are prohibited from "making direct contact with other spectators" and are asked to return directly home after the event. 

"In Europe, the venues are filled with celebration," said Hashimoto, likely referring to the international soccer matches. "Unfortunately, we may not be able to do the same. ... People can feel joy in their hearts, but they can’t be loud and they have to avoid crowds." 

While other limitations including autographs also have been banned, clapping instead of cheering will be allowed.