Earlier in the week, organisers of Israel Calling in Tel Aviv, the PrePartyES in Madrid and Eurovision In Concert in Amsterdam all announced they were cancelling their events as the world continues to battle the spread of coronavirus. Now organisers of the London Eurovision Party have also confirmed that their event will be postponed.
The London Eurovision Party was scheduled for Sunday 29 March, in just less than two weeks away. The event organisers have now confirmed that the show has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date “once this pandemic is over”.
The news was confirmed with a post on Instagram:
In their statement, the London Eurovision Party organisers explained the reason for cancelling the event.
“Further to the UK Government announcement this afternoon, it is with a heavy heart that we announce the inevitable postponement of the London Eurovision Party 2020.
“As we said on Friday our priority is always the health and safety of our team, delegations and customers and we will support all necessary measures implemented by the UK Government.
“We would kindly ask for your patience now whilst we work through our options and look for a new date to hold our Eurovision Party once this pandemic is over. Once we have further clarity on this evolving situation we will announce a new date. All tickets will be valid for the new date and should any ticket holder not be able to attend the new date refunds will be available.
“Thank you for your kind understanding and patience in this difficult and unprecedented situation.
“Please take care of yourselves and we look forward to seeing you in the near future!”
The news follows guidelines from the UK government that everyone in the UK should practice social distancing and “avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs”.
All eyes on Rotterdam
On March 13 organisers of both Israel Calling in Tel Aviv and the PrePartyES in Madrid announced they were cancelling their events as the world continues to battle the spread of coronavirus. Two days later, the organisers of Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam also confirmed that their event would not be going ahead.
There’s still no word on what effect coronavirus precautions will have on Eurovision 2020 itself.But the EBU is proceeding with their plans as if the contest is happening. The mayor of Rotterdam wants a final decision by April 6th on whether the show will go on. And naturally eager fans are hoping to know soon so they can arrange or re-arrange their travel plans.
Earlier today, the Czech broadcaster reported that the Eurovision Reference Group would be meeting on Tuesday to discuss Eurovision 2020.
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