AMSTERDAM — A limited audience will likely be allowed to attend the Eurovision song contest in the Dutch port metropolis of Rotterdam in Might as a part of a COVID-19 trial, newspaper de Telegraaf reported on Thursday.
The occasion will likely be a part of a sequence being held in the Netherlands beneath the identify “fieldlab”, which has allowed small crowds right into a theatre, convention centre and a soccer match beneath strict monitoring.
Eurovision organisers had mentioned in February that there can be some socially distanced occasions, however didn’t specify whether or not a dwell audience can be permitted.
A most of three,500 individuals residing in the Netherlands will likely be admitted to rehearsals, the semi-finals and finals going down on Might 18-22, the newspaper reported, citing a authorities official.
Performances will likely be given by 39 taking part international locations and followers will have to have a unfavorable coronavirus to attend, the report mentioned.
The Netherlands is internet hosting the 65th version of the occasion, which pulls a tv audience of about 200 million, after Dutch singer-songwriter Duncan Laurence received the 2019 contest with the song “Arcade”.
Final week, Prime Minister Mark Rutte mentioned a nationwide curfew and different curbs aimed toward containing the coronavirus will likely be prolonged by three weeks till late April due to rising an infection charges.
The Dutch have reported greater than 1.2 million infections and 16,500 deaths in the course of the pandemic.