The announcement was made on Monday, following a remote meeting of four Paralympic and Japanese government groups responsible for the Games.
“In light of the current declaration of emergency issued for the prefectures of Tokyo, Saitama and Chiba, another declaration of the state of emergency requested by the prefecture of Shizuoka and the current infection situation in general, measures stricter rules will be taken for the competitions to take place in these prefectures. , including the absence of spectators, ”announced the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan in a joint press release.
Members of the public have been urged to refrain from attending roadside events, but school programs will be allowed to continue with Covid-19 safety measures.
The news comes as Tokyo announced 2,962 new daily cases on Monday, following a record 5,773 on Friday.
The government is expected to extend the state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas – which is due to expire on August 31 – until September 12, according to NHK, the Japanese public broadcaster.
There was an absence of spectators for 97% of competitions during the Olympics – including at all venues in Tokyo, with limited capacity in several other prefectures.
“We very much regret that this situation had an impact on the Paralympic Games after the Olympic Games, and we sincerely apologize to all the ticket buyers who have been looking forward to watching the Games at the venues. We hope you understand that these measures are inevitable and implemented in order to prevent the spread of infection. Everyone is encouraged to watch the Games at home, ”the statement added.
The statement also said that the organizers will hold a new four-way meeting “in the event of a major change in the infection situation”.
The Paralympic Games are scheduled to start on August 24 and end on September 5.