Beijing Winter Olympics Tickets Will Not Be Sold to Public Due to COVID-19

Organizers of the Beijing Winter Olympics announced that tickets to the event will not be sold to the general public but will instead be distributed by authorities, as China grapples with another surge of COVID-19 cases.

“In terms of the grim and complex situation of epidemic prevention and control [and] in order to protect the health and safety of Olympic personnel and spectators, we have decided to change the original plan of public ticket sales,” the committee for the upcoming Games said.

Authorities will instead invite selected groups of spectators from China’s mainland to watch the Games, who are expected to “strictly abide by the COVID-19 countermeasures before, during and after each event”.

The 2022 Olympics will be held between Feb. 4 to 20 in a “closed loop” system that will include the sporting venues, official hotels and transport services.

The announcement came after Beijing reported its first case of the highly contagious Omicron variant on Jan. 15.


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