The Dutch Government has stated it will not allow mass events to be held in the Netherlands until a vaccine against coronavirus has been found.
NPO has said that it will be reviewing guidance issued today by the Dutch Government regarding mass events in the next year. The ruling states that until a vaccine for coronavirus is available, festivals, sports competitions and cultural events will not be held in the Netherlands. The Government has said that this ruling is likely to remain in place for at least a year.
A spokesperson for NPO told RTL Nieuws that:
We understand that the public would like to know what the corona measures will mean for the organisation of an event such as Eurovision in 2021. Of course, the health of participants, employees and visitors always comes first.
NPO will need to meet with NOS, AVROTROS, the Rotterdam council and the European Broadcasting Union to discuss the Government ruling. The spokesperson added:
So it is still too early to give any information about the organisation and form of the ESF in 2021. We will return to this later this month.
Rotterdam agreed last month to provide the funding required for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 to be held in the city.