— Published 17 August 2021

A village under high surveillance

Paralympic village

D-Day in Tokyo. The athletes’ village opened its doors on Tuesday, August 17th, seven days before the start of the Paralympic Games. The first foreign delegations settled in the village buildings, one day after the decision not to allow spectators on the competition sites was taken. As with the Olympics, residents will be required to undergo daily COVID-19 tests, wear masks and observe social distancing. Seiko Hashimoto, the president of the organising committee, said during a press conference: “I am convinced that it is possible to organise the Paralympic Games in complete safety, by implementing the anti-COVID measures tested and proven at the Olympic Games”. According to the organising committee, 88% of the delegations staying in the village are vaccinated, a higher rate than at the Olympics. Athletes will have to reduce their time in the village to a maximum of seven days before they enter the competition and two days after their event. The village will close on September 8th, three days after the closing ceremony. The number of seats in the restaurant has been reduced to 2,400, compared to 3,000 during the Olympic Games.