With the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games barely a month past, the International Olympic Committee has turned their attentions to 2022 and the Winter Olympic games in Beijing, China. The Winter Games are scheduled to begin on February 4, 2022 and run until February 20 with the Paralympic Games beginning March 4, 2022 and ending on March 13.

While China has plans to allow fans into the stands; no foreign visitors will be allowed to attend the games including those who do not reside in mainland China. Spectators will also have to follow the strick protocol measures that will be set up.

The IOC has also implemented some very strict protocols in the wake of the ongoing issues with the Covid-19 pandemic. The protocols apply to the Olympic and Paralympic games.

All of the athletes attending the games who are fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine prior to entering the Olympic Village. All vaccines must be officially approved by the issuing country or World Health Organization.

All unvaccinated athletes must quarantine for 21 days prior to entering the Olympic Village or venues. Any athlete who has a “justified” medical reason for not having the vaccine, will have their cases reviewed. Testing will be conducted on a daily basis.

The Beijing Winter Games has designed a “ closed-loop management system” that encompasses all areas related to the games including arrival and departure, transport, accommodation, catering, competitions, and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The system will be in effect from January 23 until the end of the Paralympic games. Athletes will only be allowed to travel – on the approved transportation system – between accommodations, training, and competitions.

Anyone participating in the 2022 Winter Olympic games who is not residing in the Olympic Village housing will be required to stay in contracted hotel that will also have to follow strict Covid protocols.