As the coronavirus hits hard in Tokyo, the Olympic Games in Japan are expected to take place without spectators.
The Olympics Minister, Tamayo Marukawa made this known after intense discussions with officials and organisers on Thursday.
A state of emergency has also been declared in Tokyo so as to fight the coronavirus menace in the country.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga also told news men that the State of emergency would run from 12 July and remain in place until 22 August.
Bars and restaurants will not be allowed to serve alcohol and must close by 20:00 (11:00 GMT).
Coronavirus infections are rising in Tokyo as the 23 July opening ceremony edges closer.
There has been widespread opposition to the Games in Japan, with calls for them to be postponed or cancelled.
“Taking into consideration the effect of coronavirus variants and not to let the infections spread again to the rest of the nation, we need to strengthen our countermeasures,” the prime minister said.
Before the decision to bar spectators, Tokyo 2020 chief, Seiko Hashimoto said: “We need to issue a message which is strong and easy to understand from the point of view of preventing the further spread [of the virus.”
The Olympic Games are scheduled to take place in the Japanese capital between 23 July and 8 August.