Japan Declares State of Emergency, Prohibits Olympics Spectators

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency for Japan, that would begin on July 12 and end on August 22. The rescheduled Olympic Games are set to begin on July 23 and the Paralympic Games are set to begin on August 24.

Impact on the Olympic Games

The host city Tokyo, and nearby areas, will not be allowed to host events with fans. Spectators will not be permitted at Tokyo stadiums.

Event stadiums in Fukushima, Miyagi, and Shizuoka may have spectators at up to 50% capacity.


As previously reported, the Summer 2020 Olympics were postponed from summer 2020 to summer 2021. Within Japan, there has been widespread opposition to hosting the Games, with calls for postponing or canceling the Games altogether.