A government panel tasked with taking measures against the coronavirus for the Tokyo Games will discuss border controls, anti-virus steps at venues and dealing with infected people at its first meeting this week, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.
As the games were postponed by one year to next summer due to the virus outbreak, the panel will also consider introducing a mobile app that tracks the movements of athletes and stakeholders at the meeting on Friday, the sources said.
As for border controls, the panel will look at easing restrictions on entering Japan for athletes and games officials should they present negative polymerase chain reaction test results and accept requests for limited movements.
The meeting will also explore how hosting towns for pre-games training camps should prepare for the visits of athletes, while rules on the use of public transport and the need for a certain isolation period will also be on the agenda.
How to ensure enough hospital beds, doctors and virus testing capacity as well as health checks when athletes enter venues will also be among the main issues for discussion.
As a step to prevent the virus spread, around 80,000 volunteers, International Olympic Committee and media officials will likely be separated into two groups, one with those who will have contact with athletes and the other with those who will not.
A cut in the number of spectators and physical distancing will also be among measures against the virus.