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Dutch government allows limited live audience to Eurovision shows

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The song contest will be part of a series of closely controlled test events.

This year’s Eurovision song contest, scheduled from May 18 to May 22, is rising like a phoenix as it will be held in front of a limited number of live fans in Rotterdam, the organizers announced on Thursday following a decision from the Dutch government.

A maximum of 3,500 spectators will be allowed in the Ahoy Arena to watch one of the nine Eurovision shows: six rehearsals, two semi-finals and the final. This is around 20 percent of the usual capacity of the venue. Tickets are all going to fans who couldn’t attend the canceled 2020 contest.

The shows will be part of a study conducted by the Dutch Fieldlab Events program, which aims “to test various elements within the framework of health and safety that can provide insight into the possibility of easier limitations to event organisers.” Measures will include a negative coronavirus test to enter, as well as questions about symptoms asked through an app. The audience’s arrival will be staggered, they will all be seated and wear masks when not in their seats.

“Delegations are considerably smaller and most journalists will follow the Eurovision Song Contest from home this year in an online press center,” said Eurovision’s Executive Producer Sietse Bakker.

A test concert held in Barcelona last month and attended by almost 5,000 people showed no sign of contagion between attendees, the organizers announced this week.


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