Due to a spike in coronavirus cases, the Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be held without spectators.
Earlier today, Japan Prime Minister Yoshide Suga declared a state of emergency in the capital starting Monday and running through August 22. Shortly after the announcement, event organizers, members of the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government met and agreed that no fans should be allowed in to the games, which run from July 23 through August 8. In addition, bars, restaurants, and karaoke parlors in Tokyo will be banned from serving alcohol in hopes of keeping people home and limiting the spread of the virus.
Foreign spectators had already been banned from the games, but there was hope Japanese people could still attend; with the highly-contagious Delta variant spreading through the city amid a slow vaccine rollout, that is no longer the case. Only 15% of the country has been vaccinated, and yesterday alone, 920 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Tokyo, the most since May.