Spectators wearing face masks watch Game 1 of the Japan Series baseball championship between the Yomiuri Giants and the SoftBank Hawks at Kyocera Dome in Osaka on Saturday night. Attendance was limited to 50% of the venue's capacity. Photo: KYODO
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Japan may limit event attendance as COVID-19 cases surge

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Japan may reimpose attendance limits for sports and other large events to curb a spike in COVID-19 infections, economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Sunday. Nishimura is also minister in charge of the government's coronavirus response.

The limits would be applied in areas of the country seeing a sharp increase in cases, Nishimura said on a talk show on public broadcaster NHK. The government imposed attendance limits earlier in the year but relaxed them in recent months.

The government is also considering how to refund cancellation fees for customers who booked trips via a domestic tourism campaign that was partially suspended on Saturday, Nishimura said.

New coronavirus cases across Japan climbed to a record 2,596 on Saturday, according to NHK.

In Tokyo, 391 new cases were reported on Sunday after a daily record high 539 cases on Saturday.

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may... considering... discussing... planning...

21 ( +24 / -3 )

I wish I could have a life that revolved around making work for myself...

10 ( +12 / -2 )

A little too late for treal action when it is all still "urging, asking, pleading, begging".

12 ( +14 / -2 )

Nothing at all to worry about, live our lives as best we can, bring on the vaccine, do not close us down.

Japan has got this under well control and let's look forward to the Olympics

-19 ( +4 / -23 )

The seating plan in the picture is all very well - but did they all maintain social distancing rules when entering the stadium and moving to their seats? How about moving around the stadium to go to the toilet etc.? How about in the train station outside the arena? How about when the game ends and everyone starts filing out of the stadium - social distancing rules are kept at all times?

12 ( +14 / -2 )

Who thought that allocating aisle seats to be used was a good idea?

If you are sitting on an aisle seat on the row nearest the walkway, then literally hundreds of people will be walking past you to go up and down the steps. That's right past you, not 2m away from you.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Just when you think it's getting a bit better a second wave or a third wave hits.

The vaccine is a few weeks away, but we should do everything necessary to make sure we keep the numbers of infected low. I support this decesion.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

Not Go To Covid, proven super spreading initiatives, just sport events.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

This pandemic never went away, without more testing they should never have allowed attendance and or encouraging people to travel around the country. Stay home as much as possible.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

@HBJ

Do you yourself respect strictly all the social distancing rules ?

Just realx. It is an outdoor event, they are just sitting. all wearing maks.

Transmission risk = zero

-9 ( +0 / -9 )

Do you yourself respect strictly all the social distancing rules ?

As much as I possibly can, yes.

What I don't do is put myself in a position where a business or some kind of committee has approved 'safe seating' only to have completely overlooked everything else going on around the seating situation (or ignored it because it's not what will be seen on TV).

It's like sitting next to the door in a cafe or restaurant. Apparently that seat is fine because the next available seat is more than 2m away, but every single person who goes in and out of the premises walks directly past you defeating the whole point. It is, in fact, the worst seat to be in - as are most aisle seats in a stadium.

Just realx. It is an outdoor event, they are just sitting. all wearing maks.

Apart from when they aren't sitting, which was one of my points... And all the people walking around the sitting people.

Transmission risk = zero

Deary me.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Money or save lives???.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Was it 3 days ago I read that, “ following very positive test in allowing 80 to 100 % capacity in DeNA’s baseball stadium there is no problem to allow more people to attend ?

This weekend seems the crowds are everywhere. It is already too late I expect around 8000 a day in 10 days, that is if they bother to test.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

What I don't do is put myself in a position where a business or some kind of committee has approved 'safe seating' only to have completely overlooked everything else going on around the seating situation (or ignored it because it's not what will be seen on TV).

What is not safe to sit like that. They are just watching the game and are calm. Even if someone would be infected and expelling some virus, which the chance is strongly reduced with the mask, the air will disperse everything

but every single person who goes in and out of the premises walks directly past you defeating the whole point.

Yes, but based on that, what is the real risk to be infected if someone you do not know just walk nearby. Does this person cough without any mask just in front when passing

The 2m social distance is based on the fact people do not wear mask , there is no vinyl sheet in front, etc....

But that is not the case anymore

0 ( +3 / -3 )

All of the people in this photo at the ball game know there is a risk. All of the people who would have been in those empty seats know as well. People can be responsible for their own lives. I am so tired of the control freaks who want to micromanage every aspect of everyone’s lives - pandemic or not. Be responsible for yourself and respectful of the choices of others. It’s not like they are out there aborting babies so they can enjoy a nice afternoon of sports entertainment. You cannot be harmed if you protect yourself to the max - if you so choose. Also, the vast majority of people who contract the virus do so at home or in small groups. I hope everyone is mindful of their decisions and careful with their health - but life goes on. You cannot shut down the world even doing a viral pandemic.

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

In any case, I'm sure the COVID-19 pandemic will become a milestone that will go down in history like the Spanish flu or 1918 flu pandemic.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Spanish flu or 1918 flu pandemic

You realize they are the same? Not sure what the point your are making.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

@Zoroto

Yes they are the same. I mean the Spanish flu also known as 1918 flu pandemic. WikipediA says so.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

And in respect of producing a big epidemic, I think, Covid-19 and the Spanish flu are thought to be similar.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

You realize they are the same? Not sure what the point your are making.

Its not i unusual for people to mix them up. There are people today that don’t comprehend that covid-19 and the Chinese flu are the same thing.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

but I have a mask on" ,,,,,,That still a lot of people very close mask or no mask

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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