Eurovision to go ahead with own health protocol

An exterior view of the Ahoy Arena where the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is planned to take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands, 18 September 2020. [EPA-EFE/SANDER KONING]

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the organiser of the Eurovision Song Contest, presented the first COVID-19 health protocol, which contains the measures according to which the festival in Rotterdam can take place in May.

All attendees – participants, crew and journalists – will be tested several times, but it has not yet been decided how regularly this will happen, with a special test location on site.

Artists are requested to go into quarantine for five days before travelling to the Netherlands. Once they are in the Netherlands, the intention is for them to only leave their hotel room for mandatory events around the Eurovision event.

“We are moving forward with our plans to produce a safe Eurovision Song Contest, with all artists performing live in Rotterdam. This protocol demonstrates our commitment to make this happen, with the health and safety of everyone attending, including crew and press, our top priority,” said Martin Österdahl, the Eurovision Song Contest’s executive supervisor.

“With the help of extensive testing, mask-wearing, hygiene measures, attention to ventilation and innovative measures, we will create an environment in which crew, artists and the press can work as safely as possible,” producer Sietse Bakker said, adding that the protocol is inspired by multiple sports leagues.

It is possible that a limited amount of public might be admitted, but that is yet to be decided. (Alexandra Brzozowski,

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