FRANCE – With 55.7% already fully vaccinated in France and 80% set as target for December, French national broadcaster and EBU have outlined three scenarios for Junior Eurovision 2021 on December 19.
Under this scenario, the contest would take place with no restrictions for the contestants, delegations, press, or audience. The last contest to be held under these conditions was in 2019.
This scenario would be similar to the scenario used for Eurovision 2021. Social distancing and other sanitary measures would be in place for anyone attending the contest. All participants would have to record a “Live on Tape” performance in their home countries, in case someone in a delegation is infected with Covid-19 during their stay in Paris. A maximum audience of 3,500 people would be allowed at both the jury show and the live show by the organizers but the exact number would be subject to the number of infections at the time of the show. In order to gain access to the venue, proof of a recent negative Covid test (no longer than 48 hours before entrance) would be required. The press center would comprise of a physical part in Paris and an online part.
This scenario is similar to Scenario B except that travel restrictions would be in effect for certain delegations. For those delegations unable to travel to Paris, their “Live on Tape” performances would be used as their official performances, similar to Australia in Eurovision 2021.
Due to the success of the 2021 contest, Scenario D, the scenario used for Junior Eurovision 2020, which would see all delegations stay at home, has been ruled out for now. However, the scenarios may change due to the evolving nature of the pandemic.
The final decision of the scenario to be used, in addition to the final list of participating countries, is expected to be made in September.