In September 2020, the EBU and Dutch Broadcasters presented 4 possible scenarios in order to make Eurovision 2021 happen. At the beginning of February 2021, EBU shed light on possible scenarios, including updating them.
Now we can finally tell that the EBU and Dutch broadcasters will continue to work under the assumption that the chosen scenario is scenario B.
According to the scenario, Eurovision 2021 will be held in Rotterdam with all the participants travelling to Rotterdam. The main concepts are:
#1. The number of people in each delegation will be reduced.
#2. Strict health and safety measures were defined in a special protocol.
#3. The number of journalists who can attend the event will also be capped at 500 with a further 1,000 able to cover the show in a new online press centre.
#4. People who will arrive in The Netherlands are recommended to be in quarentine for 5 days before arriving.
#5. People must test the negative for Covid-19, up to 72 hours before arriving in the host country.
#6. Artists, workers, delegations and more will be regularly tested during the period of presence.
The capacity of the audience will be decided later on, however each person will have to keep social distancing with a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from each other.
Therefore hugging, kissing and dancing together won’t be allowed.
Martin Österdahl, the Eurovision Song Contest’s Executive Supervisor, explains:
“The spirit and tradition of the Eurovision Song Contest is about uniting Europe on one stage and we are very much still determined to achieve this in Rotterdam in May. 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.”
Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer of the 2021 show, commented:
“Our goal is clear: to prevent transmission of the virus during the event. If someone tests positive, our isolation protocol comes into effect, we support the relevant authorities with track and trace research and we take additional measures where necessary. If a participant is unable to perform live as a result, the backup recording will be used.”
You can find all the relevant information on our Eurovision 2021 homepage: