'Screening Demonstration Test' for security screening areas conducted

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee) carried out a three-day 'Screening Demonstration Test 2020' from 19-21 October 2020.

The 'Screening Demonstration Test 2020' was carried out to ensure smooth and safe event operations during the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The test rehearsed security screening procedures at Pedestrian Screening Areas (PSA) and Vehicle Screening Areas (VSA). Through the event, the participants deployed by Tokyo 2020 Security JV (Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 Security Consortium) were trained to use the security devices that will be used in the real event next year.

The three-day event tested 44 possible scenarios, closely inspecting each of them, to see whether safe and secure screening procedures could always be carried out.

Valuable data regarding effective measures against COVID-19 were acquired through the test, such as methods to secure social physical distances and measure body temperatures, including step-by-step procedures and estimated times for such operations. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will utilise results collected from this demonstration to discuss further and optimise various measures including countermeasures against COVID-19.

The test directly compared scenarios and procedures of spectators bringing baggage and cases, and where they did not, and verified security screening procedures would be much smoother and less time consuming if spectators arrived without any baggage. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will further publicise these findings under the slogan 'Pack less, Wait less – Come in light, leave with delight!' to make entrance screening procedures smooth and safe as possible for the Games.

IWASHITA Tsuyoshi, Executive Director of Security Bureau of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, expressed his confidence and determination to make Tokyo 2020 a successful and safe event. "It is our firm belief that the Tokyo 2020 Games will be held next year, and we will continue to prepare for the Games without delay to make them safe and secure as possible", he said after the demonstration.

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will analyse results from the Screening Demonstration Test and will aim to provide safety for all participants, spectators and surrounding communities.