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Beijing’s ‘Ice Cube’ capacity is limited to 20% as a COVID-19 measure

Employees are seen outside the National Aquatics Center, popularly known as the “Ice Cube,” a curling competition venue for the 2022 Winter Olympics, in Beijing, China on April 2, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

BEIJING, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Attending curling events at Beijing’s “Ice Cube” will be limited to 20% capacity as a preventive measure against COVID-19, the venue’s general manager told China’s Global newspaper Times in an article published late Thursday.

The Games will take place from February 4-20, with no foreign spectators, and organizers have yet to announce arrangements for local participants as China adheres to a zero-COVID policy with some of the world’s strictest measures.

The curling venue, built as the “Water Cube” for swimming events during the 2008 Beijing Summer Games, will accommodate 4,600 people, but the actual attendance at the Beijing Games will be limited to less than 1,000, the Global Times reported, citing Yang Qiyong, the site’s general manager.

Also known as the National Aquatics Center, the facility can be converted between ice and water sports in a process that will take 19 days, the report said.

Reporting by Tony Munroe; Edited by Ken Ferris

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