Beijing Olympics Competitors to Face Daily COVID-19 Tests, Remain in Closed Loop

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The Olympic occurrence   burns successful  a cauldron astatine  the ceremonial  successful  Beijing, China, connected  Oct. 20, 2021. (Tingshu Wang/Reuters)

The Olympic occurrence burns successful a cauldron astatine the ceremonial successful Beijing, China, connected Oct. 20, 2021. (Tingshu Wang/Reuters)

BEIJING—Competitors successful the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics volition beryllium taxable to regular tests for COVID-19 and volition beryllium required to stay successful a closed loop that includes transport betwixt the assorted games venues, organizers said successful guidelines released connected Monday.

The Chinese authorities has already said planetary spectators volition not beryllium allowed to participate the state for the Games which volition tally from Feb. 4 to Feb. 20.

China has all-but unopen its borders to planetary travelers, with the fig of planetary flights drastically reduced from pre-COVID levels, and games organizers said connected Monday that home and overseas airlines volition beryllium encouraged to run impermanent flights disposable lone to participants.

Games participants volition request to beryllium tested for COVID-19 earlier arrival, and athletes and squad officials indispensable beryllium vaccinated to debar 21 days successful quarantine, with immoderate exceptions for aesculapian reasons granted connected a case-by-case basis.

“We privation everyone astatine the Games to beryllium safe, that’s wherefore we’re asking each participants to travel these guidelines,” IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi said successful a statement.

“Keeping everyone steadfast volition guarantee the absorption remains connected the precise fundamentals of the Olympic and Paralympic Games—the athletes and the sport.”

Organizers added that the closed loop strategy has been designed to support competitors harmless by reducing unnecessary interactions.

Competitors volition besides beryllium encouraged to deterioration masks and debar spaces that are enclosed, crowded, oregon impact adjacent interaction portion each enactment taking portion successful the Games volition beryllium asked to nominate COVID-19 Liaison Officers.

Vaccination is not mandatory for the Beijing Games but immoderate nationalist Olympic committees, including that of the United States and Canada, are requiring squad members to beryllium vaccinated.

Reuters

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