Organizers have confirmed that spectators will not be allowed to attend the Tokyo Paralympics due to the city’s ongoing struggle with the coronavirus.
The Japanese government has proposed expanding and extending the state of emergency in the country, as the Paralympic Games begin on August 24.
“We deeply regret that this situation has affected the Paralympic Games,” organizers said in a statement.
In addition to the stadiums, fans were also asked not to attend road events.
Organizers confirmed that spectators would not be allowed to attend events in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba and Shizuoka due to infection rates in those areas.
School children will still be allowed to attend at the request of local authorities or school administrators.
Fans were barred from attending the Olympics in the capital, as events held in some other regions allowed a capacity of up to 50%.
“We sincerely apologize to all ticket buyers who were looking forward to watching the games at the stadiums,” the statement continued.
“We hope you understand that these measures are inevitable and are being implemented to prevent the spread of infection. We encourage everyone to watch the games at home.”