Tokushima hosts event to verify coronavirus measurements for Awa Odori festival

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An event to test coronavirus infection prevention measures for the Awa Odori Dance Festival in Tokushima City began on Saturday.

The festival was canceled this year for the first time since the end of World War II due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

The organizing committee, including the Tokushima city government, hopes to test COVID-19 countermeasures, such as the use of mouthguards by dancers and limiting the number of spectators, and measures to guide the spectators, so that the festival can resume. next year.

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The “Awa Odori Next Model” event will take place for two days in the central part of Tokushima.

The dancers stood at a distance of 2 meters from each other and refrained from singing while they danced with their mouth guards on.

An elevated seating area with a capacity of 5,000 was set up, but only around 900 spectators were allowed to use it at a time.

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“By making this event a success, I think we can kick start the restart of festivals across the country,” said Tokushima Mayor Sawako Naito, who heads the organizing committee.

“I am disappointed that there was no chanting, but it cannot be helped,” said a 60-year-old man living in Tokushima Prefecture. “I can’t wait for next year.”

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