“There’s a possibility that we might ask the [Olympic] spectators to refrain from shouting or talking in a loud voice,” Muto said.
“When we think of the impact, we believe it is an item for consideration, to reduce the risk of airborne droplets,” he added.
The cheerless COVID-regime began last Sunday in Tokyo at a gymnastics event, where fans were forced to wear masks and refrain from cheering or speaking loudly.
Spectators were told to clap instead.
There is not sufficient scientific evidence to support the conclusion that masks prevent the transmission of COVID-19, since the miniscule particles easily pass through face coverings.
The so-called studies that claim that mask-wearing can save lives are based on models, not clinical tests or experiments.
There is some evidence to suggest that the coronavirus can be spread through airborne droplets, but only “under special circumstances,” according to the most recent guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“These transmission events appear uncommon and have typically involved the presence of an infectious person producing respiratory droplets for an extended time (>30 minutes to multiple hours) in an enclosed space,” the CDC reported.
Muto said the Olympics committee will have to consider the “practicality and feasibility” of a cheering ban.
He said the committee may also scrap plans for a two-week mandatory quarantine upon peoples’ arrival to Japan because of the difficulty of enforcement.
“As the number of foreign spectators is so high, 14 days of quarantine and a ban on public transport use is unrealistic,” he said.
Japan has not opened its sporting venues to full capacity, so it is unclear how many people will be allowed to attend the Olympics.
But International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said there will be a “reasonable number of fans in attendance.
The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo were rescheduled for summer 2021.