Tokyo Olympics will no longer allow fans to be in attendance


People pose for photo with the Olympics Rings display at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Thursday, July 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Nashville, Tenn. (WKRN)/AP- The Tokyo Olympics took a hit on Thursday, after it was announced that fans will not be in attendance.

This decision comes after the declaration of a new state of emergency. That will go into effect Monday and runs thought Aug. 22. As for the Games, they are set to begin July 23 and end Aug. 8.

“The priority will be to determine safe and secure Games,” Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto said at a news conference following a decision by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the government of Japan, the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee.

Nothing has been made official, but there is still a chance fans could be allowed at events held outside of Tokyo. Those fans would be allowed in areas that are not under a state of emergency.

While Tokyo is under technically under a lockdown, bars and restaurants are open, but are prohibited from serving alcohol. Schools and businesses also remain open.

The official cost of the Games is $15.4 billion, and now the belief is that it will be much higher.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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