At the Winter Olympics in Beijing, condoms are available, but hugs are not.

27th January, 2022.      //   General Interest  // 
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Despite stringent social distancing guidelines meant to limit the spread of COVID-19 within the “closed loop” in which the Games will take place, the organizers of the Beijing Olympics are continuing the tradition of providing condoms to participants.

Organizers told Reuters by email on Tuesday that “all Olympic-related units will offer adequate quantities of condoms for free at the proper moment to people who have checked in to stay inside the loop.”

The Games will be held in Beijing and Zhangjiakou, China, from February 4 to 20, in a bubble that will keep athletes, officials, and other participants from the general public.
Five individually wrapped condoms were found in each room of the Guizhou Hotel, which is inside the closed circle. They were individually wrapped in envelopes with a Chinese lantern motif on them in a variety of colors.
The number of condoms that would be distributed was not immediately stated by the organizers.

A security guard keeps watch at the boundary of the closed loop "bubble" near the Main Media Center of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, January 25, 2022

A security guard keeps watch at the boundary of the closed loop “bubble” near the Main Media Center of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, January 25, 2022

Athletes are told to keep a social distance of at least two meters from fellow competitors and to avoid physical encounters such as hugs, high-fives, and handshakes in the COVID-19 playbook for Games employees.
Due to social distancing laws and coronavirus precautions, organizers said they planned to give away roughly 150,000 condoms ahead of the Tokyo Games last summer, but instructed participants to take them home rather than use them in the Olympic village. Since the 1988 Seoul Olympics, a large number of condoms have been distributed at the Games to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, and Tokyo organizers stated the International Olympic Committee has requested that they be distributed again.

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