Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics announced Wednesday that alcohol sales and BYOB would be banned at all Olympic venues. This announcement comes after organizers were contemplating allowing alcohol and faced a public outcry regarding alcohol sales.
Most Tokyo businesses and individuals need to comply with severe restrictions regarding the sale and consumption of alcohol during the pandemic. Allowing alcohol during the Olympics would’ve appeared to be a preferential treatment for this special event.
“Following experts’ advice, the organizing committee decided against selling and drinking alcoholic drinks at the venues so as to prevent the spread of infections,” the Tokyo Olympics’ president, Seiko Hashimoto, said at a news conference, adding that the games sponsor Asahi Breweries was on board with the decision.
Alcohol isn’t the only thing banned from the Olympics this year. International spectators are also banned from the event to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This caused Japan to refund 600,000 Olympic tickets and 30,000 Paralympic tickets as a result, according to Thrillist.
On Monday, Japan announced that it would only allow a maximum of 10,000 domestic spectator capacity at the Olympic events, none of whom will be allowed to shout to encourage their favorite athletes — that’s been banned, too.