THE NETHERLANDS – The organizers seem to have taken the issue of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021 very warmly, reassuring them that the event remains in the Netherlands and Rotterdam, the main goal of which is not to be cancelled again.
The Dutch organizers of Eurovision this week joined forces with the “Alliance of Event Builders“. It is a group of organizers of concerts, sports activities and other events that gathers information and knowledge in order to hold events such as Eurovision in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, but in a way that protects those who will attend.
In particular, the Alliance is drawing up plans on how people will attend an event, how they will sit, how they will get food, and even how they will use the toilets. All this always with the aim of maintaining a safe distance from each other. Those wishing to attend will be asked in advance if they have symptoms of a cold.
Jolanda Jansen, Director of Eurovision 2021 stated
“Regardless of whether you are in a stadium, a football match or a concert, the dynamics are the same. We would very much like to talk to the government in a voice about what will be possible soon.”
The Dutch government has banned any event, at least until September, without ruling out extending it. It all depends on the course of the corona pandemic.
As far as Eurovision 2021 is concerned, the standing area in front of the stage may become a sitting area with safe distances around each person. That would mean fewer people. Although it is reported that it is too early to confirm this scenario.
Sietse Bakker, the executive supervisor of Eurovision 2021, stressed that the organization of the year will be affected by the evolution of the corona pandemic. The big bet will be on the health of visitors, employees and artists.