COVID-19 countermeasures tested in nearly full Tokyo 2020 stadium
The host of the Olympics, Tokyo, checks the presence of spectators at the stadium, which is designed for 32 thousand spectators. According to insidethegames.biz, for the test, dozens of cameras and high-resolution sensors were installed throughout the stadium to monitor the wearing of masks and the movement of fans. COVID-19 protection also uses instruments to monitor carbon dioxide and measure wind speed.
Since the Japanese government currently allows stadiums to operate at 50 percent load, the goal of the three-day experiment is to find out if the stadium can be safely filled with spectators during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We will report our results to the government. The information we receive here will be reflected in the instructions and used for next year’s Olympic Games,”said Kiyotaka Eguchi, an official in Kanagawa Prefecture.
It is assumed that the data will be analyzed by the Japanese supercomputer Fugaka, which was used to simulate the propagation of droplets in the air inside trains or classrooms.
Since little is known about how the droplets spread outdoors or in the environment, it is hoped that the findings will allow Japan to formulate a plan for the maximum number of spectators who can safely attend next year’s Olympic and Paralympic events.