Moments after the flame was extinguished in the Olympic Stadium a volley of multi-coloured fireworks lit up the night sky about the Olympic Stadium where athletes were already heading for the exits.
Its selection means Australia becomes only the second country in the world, after the United States, to stage summer Olympic Games in three different cities.
A report in the New York Times had claimed that the beds were deliberately flimsy so as to discourage people getting intimate and ensure social distancing.
The three medals will be presented on a tray to the athletes on the podium and they then have to hang them around their own neck in front of the empty stands. There will also be no handshakes or hugs.
The decision, widely seen as being on the cards following statements by organisers and government medical advisers, highlights Japan's push to hold the multi-billion-dollar sports extravaganza.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called on the Japanese public to watch the Olympics on TV to avoid spreading the coronavirus.
The comments by Japanese Olympics Committee board member Kaori Yamaguchi, a judo medallist, added to rancour around Japan.
Olympic and Paralympic tickets purchased by overseas residents will be refunded.
Mori's resignation might be the only option for the Tokyo 2020 organising committee to ease the mounting pressure following the comments.
Also confirmed for Paris by the IOC executive board were skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing. Those three sports will make their Olympic debuts at the Tokyo Games next year.