Two weeks ago, during the official Eurovision 2020 replacement show Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light, organisers confirmed that Rotterdam will serve as host city of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Understandably, many uncertainties still remain surrounding next year’s contest as the world continues to battle the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, this week has brought another positive sign of the Dutch broadcasters’ commitment to the show. The organisation of the Eurovision Song Contest has joined the Alliance of Event Builders — a group that will share collective knowledge and scenario plan to make events like Eurovision happen even in the age of coronavirus.

Organising events amid coronavirus

In the Netherlands, organisers of concerts, sports competitions and other events are joining forces to organise corona-proof events in the future.

The alliance is developing ideas on how visitors can enter an event, sit, use catering and toilets while still keeping sufficient distance between all visitors. Visitors will also be asked in advance whether they have cold symptoms.

Jolanda Jansen, the director of the Eurovision 2021 venue Ahoy Rotterdam, has been named the spokesperson for the new body. She says that organisers of events of all sizes and across countless locations face similar hurdles, and can collectively benefit by coming together. An example would be how people can safely move around during events.

“Whether you are in a stadium, at a football match or concert, the dynamics are the same,” she told NOS Radio 1 News. “We would very much like to be able to speak with the government with one voice about what will soon be possible.”

The Dutch government has banned events until at least September, with the possibility of an extension depending on how the pandemic unfolds. If and when events are organised again, one possible solution may be ensuring that visitors have empty seats around them. Jansen says this will create the most possibilities to organise an event in a controlled way.

This might suggest that Eurovision’s traditional standing area at the front of the stage will be turned into a widely spaced seating area – meaning that less people will be seated. However, it’s still too early to speculate about these scenarios.

Several scenarios for Eurovision 2021

Sietse Bakker, executive supervisor of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, says that organisers are well-aware that developments surrounding the coronavirus will have an impact in the coming year.

“These developments are difficult to predict at the moment,” he said. “That is why in the coming months, we will develop several scenarios with everyone who will be involved in order to meet challenges for the Eurovision Song Contest. Obviously, the health of visitors, employees and artists always comes first.”

The Alliance of Event Builders will start negotiations with the Dutch government in mid-June.

Are you happy that Eurovision organisers have joined the alliance? How do you see the future of Eurovision? Let us know in the comment section down below!

 

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Alex
Alex
1 month ago

The comments here made me lose brain cells

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

1. Yes they should
2. You don’t have a brain

MartyMcCu
MartyMcCu
1 month ago

Masks are enforced to keep people like you and me and everyone else safe, well and alive. It’s not about being trendy and how you feel comfortable or how you appear on TV. It’s cool in my books to wear one, because its the most sensible thing to do. You may be healthy but others want to be too and a virus can be transferred from carriers who may appear to be totally healthy affecting those who are at high risk My advice stay at home and watch it live then you don’t have to wear a mask. That’s if… Read more »

viridESCent
viridESCent
1 month ago

Yeah wow, it’s so stupid to even consider keeping safety and precautionary measures that will benefit literally everyone, how dumb of the organisers

viridESCent
viridESCent
1 month ago
Reply to  viridESCent

I wouldn’t pay for Eurovision to sing along to the songs, I would pay for it to watch and appreciate. And double-check your sources for “can’t breath properly in masks” since they are specifically designed to help that. 🙂

Marionette
Marionette
1 month ago

They just should plan a show from Hilversum studios and not take any risks.

Esc2021rotterdam
Esc2021rotterdam
1 month ago
Reply to  Marionette

Too late 🙂 Rotterdam already paid

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

If you have any kind of illness then don’t go. Simple as! No need to wear masks or disinfect, stay at home if you have symptoms of anything!

stommie
stommie
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

Please look up what a superspreader event is.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  stommie

Large indoor events with crowds?

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

@Denis, “superspreader” refers to people who carry the virus but they don’t show symptoms and may potentially infect large numbers of people. The event may be indoors or outdoors. Take a superspreader plus an event with large participation, such as a concert, festival, market, and it may become a superspreader event. #correctmeifimwrong, #weareinthistogether

Esc2021rotterdam
Esc2021rotterdam
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

You can get coronavirus without showing any symphtons or it can take a week since you get it to show symphtons. I think wearing masks in the arena, checking temperature before entering it and keeping on distance are good options for a scenario to make eurovision 2021 happening as usual.

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

and then spread the disease all across Europe again, easy-peasy.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago

Maybe enforce face masks at the arena, let people desinfect themselves before entering different areas and use those heat sensors that detect if people have a fever. Im kinda worried. I had one ticket for the standing area so it’s most likely my ticket will be cancelled first if the seating plan changes.

stommie
stommie
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Yes, I’m sure it will be an all seater. And probably no green room in the arena to make room for chairs.

Stardust
Stardust
1 month ago
Reply to  stommie

I hadn’t thought about the removal of the green room, but that could indeed definitely make room for more seats. Luckily Ahoy is a convention center so surely they can use an adjacent hall for the green room, maybe do what Tel Aviv and I think also Malmö did and have ticket holders join the artist in the green room so no tickets have to be cancelled.

Dtesc
Dtesc
1 month ago
Reply to  stommie

maybe the delegations may stay to their own assigned room backstage instead of sitting in the green room?