The Winter Games 2022 does not require athletes to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as of January 25, 2022, but those who are unvaccinated may have to quarantine when arriving in Beijing, China.
Furthermore, on January 24, 2022, the COVID-19 countermeasures for the Olympic Games Beijing 2022 confirmed the closed-loop system was refined by the Organising Committee and the Chinese authorities.
They have been developed to further adapt to the reality of the current environment and support the Games participants.
For both airport testing and screening testing, participants whose PCR results have a Cycle Threshold (CT) greater than or equal to 35 will be managed in the same way as close contacts for seven days and will not generate any close contacts.
And those people with a PCR result of less than 35 will be considered positive.
However, those participants with a PCR result with a CT of less than 35, and therefore positive, will be required to isolate in the designated isolation facilities.
If positive participants spend ten days or more in isolation, they can be released to their original Games-time accommodation if they do not display any COVID-19 symptoms. In addition, their PCR results must have a CT value greater than or equal to 35 for the previous three consecutive days.
Once rejoining the closed-loop, each person will be managed as a close contact.
Should the participant’s PCR results in the following days have a CT value of less than 35, they will not be returned to isolation and will continue to be managed as a close contact. The rule that allows all people testing negative for two consecutive days to be released as a close contact (for seven days) remains in place.
Moreover, the time period for which a person is deemed a close contact is reduced from 14 to seven days.
During that period, testing will be carried out twice daily. In addition, close contacts will be able to choose whether their PCR test sample is collected as a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab.
For participants who repeatedly receive test results with a CT of less than 35, a separate policy that will enable them to return home at the earliest possible time is being developed jointly by Beijing 2022 and the IOC and will be communicated separately.
In addition to pre-departure tests in their own country and testing upon arrival in Beijing, all Games participants are subject to daily PCR testing run by medical personnel present in the accommodation facilities, including the Olympic Villages, and at the Olympic venues.
These new measures come into effect immediately and will apply retrospectively.
As the Olympic Games-time period started on January 23, the closed-loop system came into effect.
Some 2,586 tests have been conducted at Beijing airport over the pre-Games period, with 39 confirmed positive cases.
In the closed-loop, 336,421 tests have been carried out, and 33 confirmed positive cases had been detected.
All the people involved have been promptly isolated, and close contacts have been identified, following the measures described in the Beijing 2022 Playbooks.