"We hope that the power of the Torch Relay can be exposed to as big an audience as possible," said Tokyo 2020 vice director general NUNOMURA Yukihiko at a press conference. "We also will be providing online opportunities for people to watch the torch go around Japan, and we will be sharing that with the entire world."
COVID-19 countermeasures will be worked on continuously for the Torch Relay. For the Torchbearers, the officials working on the programme and the citizens in the local municipalities, we want to make sure that everyone's health is secure.
"Social distancing will be considered at the gathering spots and the Torch kiss scenes. We want to simplify the programme as much as possible and have been trying to minimise the number of vehicles and also the spectators. This Torch Relay will go all over Japan and there will be a lot of participants so we want to maximise our efforts to prevent the COVID-19 spread and take sufficient countermeasures", Nunomura explained.