Tokyo Olympic organizers show virus measures in spectator entry test

OCT 22 , 2020 . 15 hours ago – 19:50 KYODO NEWS

TOKYO – The Tokyo Games organizing committee showed off a trial run Wednesday of the process that may be used for admission into venues at next year’s games, including several ways of detecting fever in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Three different methods for measuring temperature were utilized in the experiment, including thermography, contactless temperature sensors and a “temperature sticker” that can indicate whether a person has a fever when affixed to their wrist.

An attempt was also made to keep people waiting in line separated by intervals of 1 to 1.5 meters, while security guards conducting inspections wore masks and face shields.

People line up while maintaining social distancing in Tokyo on Oct. 21, 2020, during a demonstration to the media of security checks for next year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in the Japanese capital. The checks focused on steps to prevent coronavirus infection, including measuring the temperature of spectators. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Organizers plan to discuss the concrete measures that will be used at the Tokyo Games next summer based on the results of the trial.

Sixteen security guards from a joint venture of private security firms participated in the three-day experiment after being trained how to use the metal detectors, X-ray scanning devices and other equipment that will be used at the games.

“I want us to return to our companies and practice so we can carry out these inspections at a very high level from the first day (of the games),” said 34-year-old Kozue Tanno, one of the participants.

The Tokyo Olympics were postponed by one year due to the coronavirus pandemic and are scheduled to be held from July 23 to Aug. 8 next summer, followed by the Paralympics from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.

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