The Dutch government has confirmed the presence of audience in Eurovision 2021 shows.
For each show, a capacity of 3,500 people will be allowed.
Eurovision 2021 will include 9 shows: 3 live shows (semi-final 1, semi-final 2, grand-final) and 2 rehearsals shows for each one of those 3.
However, a public ban will be possible if too many people are in the intensive care units of the hospitals.
Read the comment by Martin Österdahl, Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor:
“We are happy that the Dutch authorities have enabled us to welcome audiences at the 3 live shows and 6 dress rehearsals in Rotterdam in the safest possible way given the current circumstances.
The world will be watching when we bring back the Eurovision Song Contest next month and, as millions enjoy the competition on TV and online, we are pleased that the hard work of the artists, delegations, and crew will also be shared with a live audience in the Ahoy Arena.
Welcoming audiences safely as part of the Fieldlab events program will also help to create a great atmosphere for those taking part and watching at home. We don’t take lightly the responsibility of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest at this challenging time and safeguarding the health and safety of all those participating in and attending the event remains our top priority.”
The Existence of Public Events In The Netherlands
Due to the COVID-19 measures, events can only be organized with strong limitations. This has had a major impact on the events sector. For this reason Fieldlab Events has been created by the events sector in collaboration with the Dutch government.
So far, Fieldlab Events has been responsible for 9 testing events and checking if they caused an increase of spreading the virus. Those events were successful.
According to the Dutch government, Fieldlab Events are valid only if the number of people in intensive care units is no more than 900. Lately, it has almost reached 850.
However, not only will the capacity of the audience be limited in May, but also delegations are much smaller and most journalists will follow the shows remotely.
According to the EBU, any member of the public will have to obey the following regulations:
- All visitors must be able to present a valid negative test certificate that is no older than 24 hours upon entry.
- In addition, they are asked to undergo a post-test five days after the event. Testing is free via Testing For Access.
- Before leaving home, visitors receive triage questions via a special app. Those who have symptoms associated with COVID-19 are asked to stay at home.
- There is only a seated audience, limiting the number of contact moments. There is no standing audience on the floor this year.
- The public is asked to arrive and leave according to time slots.
- Visitors must wear a face mask on their way to their seat, when visiting the toilet, etc
- There are also a number of terms and conditions attached to the purchase of tickets which must be complied with.
First of all, we would like to remind you that tickets will be available only for those who purchased tickets for Eurovision 2020. Previous ticket holders will receive instructions on Wednesday, May 5th.
Ticket sale will start on Saturday the 8th of May 2021.
The show’s organizers expect to see more Dutch people among the audience.
According to Sietse Bakker:
“Currently, entry is only possible from EU/EEA countries and visitors from high-risk countries may be subject to quarantine obligations from 15 May. In most cases, they also have to have themselves tested again before departure and in many countries, there is a quarantine obligation upon return. We also call on people to explicitly adhere to the applicable travel advice of their own government”
Eurovision 2021 playlist is available on different digital platforms:
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