The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday revealed info about Covid protocol to be applied at the upcoming 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. First, no foreign spectators at 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, but Chinese residents will be allowed to attend.More, there will be lengthy quarantines for unvaccinated participants and daily COVID-19 testing. Foreign spectators, including athletes’ family members and friends, will be barred from attending. Tickets will be sold to Chinese residents. Other “requirements of the COVID-19 countermeasures” will be laid out by the IOC. Similar to the Tokyo Games, the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics will try to create a bubble-like atmosphere for participants , dubbing it “the closed-loop management system.” It will have its own transport system. The IOC also released some vaccination policies for athletes. However they can apply for a medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine and the IOC will review each case.
During an executive board meeting, the IOC approved event plans by the Chinese Olympics organizing committee. The principles presented by the local organizing committee will be detailed in the Playbooks, with the first version to be released in late October and a second in December, the IOC said. Beijing’s Winter Olympics will be held from February 4 to 20, 2022, followed by the Paralympic Winter Games from March 4 to 13.