Athletes will need to be vaccinated — or face a long quarantine — take tests daily and wear masks when not competing or training. While it is fine to cheer on your teammates and not to sing, clapping is allowed. Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 is sent to isolation.

Welcome to the Beijing Olympics, where strict containment measures will aim to create a virus-proof “bubble” for thousands of international visitors at a time when omicron is fueling infections globally.

Similar to the Tokyo Games’ prevention protocols, but more stringent. That won’t be a stretch in Beijing, with China having maintained a “Zero COVID”policies since the beginning of the pandemic.

Still, China’s ability to stick to its zero-tolerance approach nationally is already being tested by the highly transmissible omicron variant, which is more contagious This virus is stronger than the earlier versions and more resistant to vaccines.

There are just weeks before the Games start on Feb. 4, when more than 20m people live in lockdown.

Here’s how the Games will work.


Athletes and all other participants, including news media and team staff must be fully vaccinated before they can be permitted to enter the Olympic zones without having to complete a 21-day quarantine. These include the Olympic Village and other game venues as well as dedicated transportation.

That’s different from the Tokyo Games, where participants didn’t have to be vaccinated.

According to what their respective countries have defined, participants can be considered fully vaccinated. Everyone must also provide 2 recent negative results from an approved laboratory before they can board their flight.

A positive result can lead to athletes being cut short.

Mogul skier Hannah Soar said she’s avoiding contact with people indoors and behaving as if everyone has the virus: “We’re basically at the point of acting like it’s March 2020.”

What is your daily life?

At Beijing’s airport, all participants will receive their temperature and have their throats and noses tested. A recent Olympics official said that the entire process took 45 minutes. However, organizers noted that times may vary.

A bus will then take people to their designated lodging, where they’ll wait up to six hours for test results to clear them to move about in approved areas. Restrictions on movement within that “closed-loop” are intended to seal off any potential contact between Olympic participants and the local population.

Participants will need to submit daily swabs of their throats for testing. In Tokyo, participants spit into vials for antigen tests.

Standard prevention measures are being encouraged, such as ventilating rooms and keeping a distance of about 3 feet (1 meter) from others – or 6 feet (2 meters) from athletes.

Indoor and outdoor masks of N95, or similar calibre will be needed. There are few exceptions to this rule. Partitions in dining rooms will allow for better separation and a reduced seating capacity.

In spaces where distancing isn’t possible, such as elevators, talking isn’t allowed. To assist people in navigating the area and to ensure that protocols are followed, staff will be placed at key locations.


Tokyo organizers claim that 33 athletes were positive for the Games. 22 athletes had to be withdrawn from the Games. Even though Beijing has tightened its precautions, experts believe that positive testing are still possible, particularly with omicron.

If an athlete or other participant tests positive but doesn’t have symptoms, they’ll need to go into isolation in a dedicated hotel. They’ll be provided with meals and can open their windows for fresh air but won’t be able to leave their rooms, which organizers say will be about 270 square feet (25 square meters).

For training, athletes can ask for equipment.

Two days’ worth of negative test results can lead to isolation for people who have no symptoms. The organizers state that those who are positive for any of the above will be evaluated individually, although it may not be possible to allow athletes to continue competing.

According to organizers, the panel will not review people who test positive for 14 or more days.

If they have symptoms and test positive, they must be placed in isolation at the hospital. They’ll also need two days of negative tests to be let loose, as well as three days of normal temperatures and symptoms subsiding.

Organisers claim that athletes recover quickly after an injury. testing positive ahead of the Games will also be assessed on a case-by-case basis in a “more flexible manner.”


Spectators from overseas won’t be allowed. As for local fans, Beijing organizers say they’re finalizing rules for their attendance.

It’s not clear how the recent outbreaks around China will factor into the decisions. The organizers of Tokyo Games also had plans to permit some local fans before being forced to scrap the plan. a surgeLocal cases. It was unbelievable to see athletes compete in stadiums that were empty.

Fans will be restricted from Beijing even if they are permitted. As in Tokyo, everyone is asked to stand and clap rather than shouting or singing.

Is it possible?

Even though the Olympics have been disrupted by the China-omicron surge, organizers might still manage to put on the show despite all the turmoil.

According to Dr. Sandro Galea at Boston University, Olympic athletes are motivated to prevent infection in order that they can win. And even if it’s harder with omicron, he noted it’s no mystery what people need to do to avoid infection — take prevention measures, such as limiting exposure to others.

Pat Graham, AP Sports Writer, contributed from Denver.


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