The organization of the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest continues with its intention of having an audience in its various galas and rehearsals. Under what is established in scenario B, The EBU and the public channels in the Netherlands work with the premise of holding shows with a maximum capacity of 3,500 people inside the Rotterdam Ahoy, although with certain restrictions, according to the newspaper De Telegraf and confirmed by the website of the aforementioned televisions.
Although the final decision will be made at the end of April depending on the epidemiological evolution, everyone could attend the three galas and the four general rehearsals open to the public. The organizers would only allow access for citizens of the Netherlands who present a negative PCR test just before attending, following in a certain way the steps taken by the government of Japan regarding the attendance of foreign public to the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“We welcome this decision by the Dutch government and the possibility that we can invite fans to join us as we bring the Eurovision Song Contest in May,” he says. Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, speaking to the festival’s website, adding that “the health and safety of all those attending the event remains our top priority.”
This proposal comes after the Eurovision Song Contest has been included within the Fieldlab Evenements, a program promoted by the Dutch government in which local authorities can safely investigate and test different ways of holding mass events in the middle of the pandemic. In fact, one of the last tests of this plan was the qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup between the Netherlands and Latvia, which was celebrated with 5,000 people in the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam.
To guarantee its celebration after the cancellation of the 2020 edition, it should be noted that the EBU and the public channels of the Netherlands announced a few months ago a Eurovision 2021 organization plan with four possible scenarios according to the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions established by the Government of the Dutch country.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.