Limited audiences confirmed for Eurovision in Rotterdam; Ticket sales date announced
All the events of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Ahoy Rotterdam in May can take place with an audience, the Dutch interim government said Thursday evening, Nu.nl reported. On April 1, it was announced that the competition will be a Fieldlab pilot event that can accommodate around half of the expected spectator numbers, which has now been confirmed.
The six repetitions, the two semi-finals and the final will each have a maximum of 3,500 spectators. All participants will be required to present a negative coronavirus test before being allowed into the venue. With international travel still largely halted, only a small number of overseas fans are expected to attend the event.
Ticket sales will begin May 8 at 12 p.m., but only people who purchased tickets last year are eligible to purchase tickets for this year’s show. The semi-finals of the competition will take place on May 18 and 20. The final is scheduled for May 22.
It was reported earlier that Fieldlab tests could only take place if there were fewer than nine hundred Covid-19 patients in intensive care units. The number was 813 on Thursday, still close to the year’s high, but not high enough to force event cancellations. According to some projections from intensive care experts in the Netherlands, the intensive care system could exceed 900 patients with coronavirus disease by mid-May.
The decision to go ahead with an audience to Eurovision and other events may be overturned in the event the situation of the coronavirus pandemic in the country worsens.
“For this situation, we will of course keep the scenario without a hearing as an option. In addition, we will keep in close contact with the municipality, the GGD and the hospitals in the region,” said Sietse Bakker, executive producer of the Eurovision Song Contest. the song.
A number of Fieldlab pilot events have recently sparked controversy and prompted local authorities to reconsider whether they should take place. The 538 Oranjedag festival event, heralded as the biggest Fieldlab experience to date, has been canceled on April 19, after an online petition urging local government or Cabinet to end the event was signed more than 350,000 times.