While the daily tally of COVID-19 infections has been increasing, especially in Tokyo, over the last few days, both Nippon Professional Baseball and the J. League remain committed to their original plan to allow fans to attend games this week.

The two circuits explained their positions following a meeting of their joint coronavirus task force on Monday morning.

After their previous meeting, on June 22, NPB and the J. League revealed they would begin allowing up to 5,000 fans into stadiums on July 10, as per the government guidelines on large gatherings. Clubs would then be allowed to operate venues at up to half of their full capacity from Aug. 1.