Olympics organizers are banning all spectators from the games this year after Japan declared a state of emergency that is meant to curb a wave of new Covid-19 infections.

The state of emergency will begin Monday and run through August 22, while the games are scheduled from July 23 to August 8.

Organizers had already banned international spectators from attending and set a cap on domestic crowds at 50% of capacity, or up to 10,000 people.

There’s immense pressure to curb the spread of the virus at the games, protecting both athletes and neighboring regions.

More than 11,000 competitors are expected to travel to Japan to compete, along with thousands of officials and staff also set to attend.

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