The Japanese government has privately concluded that the Olympics will be cancelled because of the coronavirus

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Baka Gaijin
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An update on the broadcasting side of things: I emailed my contacts at the OBS a few days ago to ask what if any contingencies might be in place for us commentators. The short answer is that we're still planning to report to Tokyo as per our original schedule - as I suspected, they don't have the ability to facilitate commentators working from home, but they're not planning on having us arrive two weeks early to quarantine as such either. Instead, the basic idea is that we'll all need to be particularly careful to quasi-quarantine at home for the two weeks before we fly over and then get proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of our first departing flight. Once we're in Japan, we're not supposed to use any public transportation without permission, keep at least one meter from other co-workers at all times, avoid enclosed spaces and crowds where possible, and so on. We also need to make sure we have access to enough face masks to last throughout our stay in Japan, which could be quite a few given the heat and humidity likely to in place. I've been sent the link to a 36-page "Playbook" for broadcasters, and other similar documentation for different types of workers heading to Tokyo, and basically, I don't think I'm going to have any sort of touristy experiences while I'm there - or really, much fun at all - but it certainly feels like the Games are going ahead.
That all sounds kind of sucky for you, sorry. Are you still expected to go to Sendai for the opening rounds of baseball/softball, then back down here for the later rounds? How do they propose you get around - will they be putting you up near venues, and shuttling you to/from?

re masks - I assume you'll just pack a ton of them but don't sweat that too much, they are available everywhere here.
 
That all sounds kind of sucky for you, sorry. Are you still expected to go to Sendai for the opening rounds of baseball/softball, then back down here for the later rounds? How do they propose you get around - will they be putting you up near venues, and shuttling you to/from?
I'm calling all of my games from the International Broadcast Centre - as far as I know, I won't get to attend any games in person. (I was hoping to be able to do so on one or more of my off days, but somehow I doubt that will be encouraged under the COVID protocols.) So yeah, this isn't exactly going to be a dream Olympic assignment for me.