As the impact of the coronavirus and COVID-19 is felt around Europe, the Israeli delegation is taking more precautions relating to Eurovision. Singer Eden Alene will NOT be travelling to The Netherlands to film her Eurovision postcard, following new travel rules from Israel’s Ministry of Health.
Ynet reports that the Israeli delegation has confirmed that Eden will not travel to The Netherlands for the planned postcard shoot. This follows the Israel Ministry of Health’s strict new guidelines surrounding travellers returning to Israel from abroad.
The broadcaster has said it will try to find another solution for shooting Eden’s Eurovision postcard.
Israel’s Ministry of Health regulations regarding COVID-19
On 6 March, Israel’s Ministry of Health released a new order requiring all travellers arriving in Israel to go into quarantine. The rule applies to both Israelis returning from abroad as well as tourists arriving from other countries.
This new order would mean that if Eden and the Israeli team travel to the Netherlands, they would have to quarantine themselves for 14 days upon their return. This is despite there being no official coronavirus epidemic in The Netherlands.
Israel is being extremely precautious regarding the coronavirus. For this reason, the Israel delegation chose not to attend the Heads of Delegation meeting in person. Israel’s representative instead participated by video link.
On the weekend, Danish broadcaster DR chose to hold its national final without a live arena audience, following advice from the Danish government. The EBU has given Heads of Delegation the option of staying home and remotely attending today’s Heads of Delegation meeting.
The EBU and the host broadcasters of Eurovision 2020 are said to be monitoring the situation. Last month a spokesperson from the city of Rotterdam said, “We monitor everything closely and are prepared for all possible risks and threats.”
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