Feb 5, 2022 - Sports
In photos: Inside the COVID-19 Winter Olympics
Athletes and attendees of the Beijing Winter Olympics face strict COVID-19 protocols, including regular testing and staying in a "closed-loop system," to prevent spread of the virus.
Why it matters: The Beijing bubble, meant to shut off the outside world entirely, is the strictest ever created for a global sporting event, Axios' Jeff Tracy reports.
State of play: Among the protocols, masks — that are N95 or of "equivalent standard of protection" — are required at all times except when "training, competing, eating, drinking, sleeping," or when alone.
- Athletes and Olympic personnel face daily screening tests for COVID, and anyone who tests positive will be taken to an isolation facility or a hospital.
- Spectators are also not permitted to shout, cheer or sing, according to the Olympic Playbook.