After outcry from the public and the IOC over the restricting fence guarding the Olympic cauldron, VANOC officials have come to a compromise to allow spectators a closer view.
Changes for a non-obstructive view now include an opening at an average eye level stretching 30 metres along the fence. A rooftop viewing area has also opened for the public nearby, which can accommodate 150 people.
Security at the cauldron site still remains intact, but is not as tight as before. One of the main criticisms from the public and world media was the lack of access to the “people’s cauldron,” as its been dubbed.
Changes took effect Wednesday and VANOC says they will re-evaluate the situation in the coming days to determine if more can be done to allow people closer to the flame.