After a rise in COVID-19 cases in The Netherlands, the organisation team of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is closely monitoring whether an audience is allowed in the Ahoy Arena for all nine shows in May.
They have been working with Fieldlab Events, a program created to develop safe re-opening strategies for the Dutch entertainment sector. On April 28th it will be announced whether Fieldlab Events will be allowed to carry out testing, thus whether an audience will be present at the shows. During the previous months, Fieldlab has conducted nine test events, all of which were successful in terms of not contributing to the spread of the virus.
According to a guideline of the Dutch government, the testing done by Fieldlab Events cannot go ahead if the number of patients in intensive care units is above 900. Today it has been reported that 839 patients are in intensive care units in The Netherlands.
Sietse Bakker, the executive producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 explained:
“We have to be very careful in the following days and weeks. We have to follow how the situation is unfolding in the healthcare because we will only welcome an audience if it is responsible decision to do so.”
If the circumstances permit it the Ahoy Arena will be opened for 3500 visitors. Bakker also added that this could be a way to open up The Netherlands a little and at the same time it can be seen as a reminder that the pandemic is still not over.
Nu.nl reports that the organisation team still has a week until the final decision regarding the audience will have to be made.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will take place on May 18, 20, and 22 in Rotterdam. A total of 39 countries will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Eurovision 2020 was due to be held in Rotterdam after Duncan Laurence gave the Netherlands their first victory since 1975 with the song “Arcade”. After the cancelation of the 2020 contest, it was decided that Rotterdam would host the 2021 contest instead.
Source: Nu.nl / Image Source: Rotterdam