As beautiful and historic as London is, it’s certainly not known for its sunny weather and warm temperatures. So it’s a bit surprising to learn that Olympic organizers are concerned enough about spectators’ skin care and sun protection that they are allowing sun protection creams to be brought in to Olympic venues. This despite recent security problems and the global concerns about creams and liquids being used by terrorists.
With the rains pouring and storms rolling through in London, many people may not even think about sun protection, but in fact, up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can get through clouds, even if it’s raining. So even when you can’t even see the sun, it can be damaging your skin.
It’s because of this that those charged with creating the rules of this year’s Olympic venues are allowing spectators to bring sun protection products with them. The rule states, “You may bring up to 200 ml of sun cream, but it must be in its original packaging and in a container with a maximum capacity of 200 ml.”
And while some are surprised at what is allowed in to Olympic venues, still more are taken back by what cannot be brought in.
Some restricted items are obvious, like walkie-talkies and projectiles like frisbees, but other items are a bit more unexpected. Remember the insanely annoying “buzz” that was a constant at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa? At these London games, all noisemakers are banned from venues, including air horns, klaxons, drums, whistles… and yes, South African vuvuzelas are mentioned specifically.
Light devices, including laser pointers, have been determined to be capable of affecting competition, and are therefore prohibited.
Many spectators were surprised to learn that umbrellas are not allowed in the venues, particularly with such rainy weather. But with the tendency of umbrellas to hinder the view of people around you, ticket holders are being advised to wear slickers to stay dry.
For the same reason, “oversized” hats and headgear will be regulated. Any hat or headgear that is considered to be large enough to hinder the view of other spectators will be “permanently confiscated” by security.
A few other restricted items of note: flags of non-participating countries, bikes and skateboards, and “any objects or clothing bearing political statements or overt commercial identification intended for ambush marketing.”