TOKYO -- The Tokyo Olympics will allow some local fans to attend when the Games open in just over a month, organizing committee officials and the IOC said on Monday.
The decision was announced after so-called five-party talks online with local organizers, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Japanese government and the government of metropolitan Tokyo.
The Tokyo Games are set to open on July 23.
Local organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto said it was important to acknowledge the uncertainty around the pandemic during the Games.
"If a state of emergency is necessary, I will be flexible and open to no fans in order to achieve that the Games give top priority to safety and security for the people," Suga said.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike also said before the talks that fans may need to be banned if conditions changes.
We have concerns and the experts are also making recommendations about the risk of spreading the infection," Koike said.