Japan eases limits on attendance at large events as virus cases fall

Kyodo -- Nov 01
Japan's government on Monday eased its 10,000-spectator attendance limit for large-scale events, such as professional sports games and concerts, that was in place in 27 of the country's 47 prefectures, as part of its bid to restore social and economic activities amid a steady decline in coronavirus cases.

Events held across Japan can now have 5,000 spectators or 50 percent of venue capacity, whichever is larger, with large-scale event spaces allowed to accept more than 10,000 spectators in Tokyo and other regions that were under a state of emergency or a quasi-state of emergency through September.

Meanwhile, events that will see spectators shouting and cheering will be capped at 50 percent of venue capacity. Prefectural governors can also implement their own policies on spectator limits depending on the situation of infections in their areas.

Whether an event is likely to involve shouting by spectators will be decided on a case by case basis.

While concerns still remain over a possible resurgence of infections, organizers of sports games and concerts have started preparing to accommodate more fans at events.

The Yakult Swallows professional baseball club sold tickets beforehand to welcome about 14,500 spectators, about half of the capacity at its Jingu Stadium in Tokyo, to the team's final regular season game against the Hiroshima Carp on Monday night.

大規模イベントの入場者数の制限が1日から緩和されました。  1日、神宮球場で行われるプロ野球のヤクルト対広島戦は球場の収容人数の50%にあたるおよそ1万4500人分のチケットを販売します。  政府は新型コロナの感染状況が落ち着いていることを受け、1日から全国で大規模イベントの入場者数の制限を緩和し、「収容定員の50%以内」か「5000人」のいずれか多い方まで認めます。  緊急事態宣言などが出ていた東京都などでは経過措置として大規模なイベントの参加人数の上限を1万人までにしていました。 - ANNnewsCH