Epidemic Prevention Measures under the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

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2022 Beijing Winter Olympic

The Beijing Winter Olympics is about to Open! On Oct.25, the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee issued a paper about the Epidemic Prevention measures for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. We can also called it 'The Epidemic Prevention Handbook'. It draws on the experience of other major sports events around the world and China's epidemic prevention policies. This handbook is importantly and necessarily because it aim to ensure the safety of the participants and Chinese people.

There are two types of the Epidemic Prevention Handbook. One is for athletes and its team officials, and the other is for all the other managements. It provides comprehensive epidemic prevention guidance to who will participate the Olympic game and help them to understand and comply with the prevention measures better.

Also the two "Epidemic Prevention Handbooks" cover the entire itinerary of all Olympic personnel, detailed descriptions of entry requirements and epidemic prevention measures implemented in the closed-loop management system. They are the key epidemic prevention measures formulated at the recent IOC Executive Committee meeting. Among them, the most important part is for those who complete the whole course of vaccination within 14 days before coming to China can enter the closed-loop management directly without quarantine after entry.

Here are some important information of The Epidemic Prevention Handbook.

1.The purpose of 'the Epidemic Prevention Handbook'

'The Epidemic Prevention Handbook' is more like a instruction book, said by Wang Quanyi, director of Public health Department, Games Service Department, Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee. It helps the athletes and team officials know how to prepare the needed papers before come to China, and shows them what or how to do during the Olympic game.

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2.Complete the whole course of vaccination is vital important

To complete the whole course of vaccination is not only a requirement for overseas athletes, but also for Chinese athletes and staff who participating in Olympic events. In a word, everyone needs to fully vaccinated the vaccines to ensure safety.

3.Closed-loop Management Policy for Race Time

The closed-loop management covers all venues related to the Winter Olympics, including arrival and departure, transportation, accommodation, catering, competition, opening and closing ceremonies.Within the closed loop, participants will only be able to travel between Olympic venues and participate in activities related to their training, competition and work. Transport systems dedicated to the Winter Olympics will be used inside the closed loop. The closed loop will also provide some good experiences to athletes, such as specialty catering, retail of licensed products, coffee shops, gyms, and some leisure and entertainment facilities, so that to make sure everyone has a better experience.

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4.Nucleic acid tests is often needed

The person who in the closed-loop needs to be conducted nasopharyngeal swab testing daily, also they need to wear KN95/N95/FFP2 or equivalent medical protective masks. It is required to be able to find and isolate every possible positive person as soon as possible, so that it can be controlled timely and reduce the risk of transmission within the closed loop. Meanwhile, in order to avoid crowds and long waiting times in airport, immigrants can go to the Olympic Village or hotels first, and they are not allowed to leave the room while waiting for the results.

5.Contingency Plan

What if there is an epidemic or a positive case? There are also relevant contingency plans in the 'Epidemic Prevention Handbook'. Once a positive nucleic acid is detected, it will be dealt with in two cases. If someone is a symptomatic positive infection, he/she will be sent to the designated hospital as soon as possible for re-examination of the nasopharyngeal swab. If confirmed, he/she will be isolated and treated in the hospital. For asymptomatic infected persons who test positive, he/she will be isolated at designated places in the closed loop.

6.Responsible for the whole process

The 'Epidemic Prevention Handbook' also confirmed that not only pay the attention to the safety risks of athletes and personnel involved in the Olympics during their visit to China, but also monitors the health of athletes for 14 days after their departure. If someone confirmed a positive case, the results will be fed back through the CLO (Epidemic Prevention Liaison Officer) of each delegation.

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7.Thoughtful management

Some athletes with disabilities can only communicate through lips, so in some cases they may have to take off their masks to communicate, and then put on, it is allowed. In addition, some athletes have to travel in wheelchairs, hotels, stadiums, residences, etc. The transportation has been arranged with barrier-free facilities for them, and there are volunteers will help them if they needed. If a disabled person is infected, according to the 'Epidemic Prevention Handbook', relevant personnel can accompany them to the hospital for examination and treatment.

8.Real-Time Updates

This is not the final version of the "Epidemic Prevention Handbook" for the Beijing Winter Olympics."The new version will clarify the details under each major principle, and it will add some contents after the test match. In addition, the formulation of the content must also take into account the global epidemic situation, vaccination status of countries and regions, and epidemic prevention policies.

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Oct. 29th, 2021 Published by: Carrie Zhang
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