All members of Poland’s delegation at Eurovision 2021 have been placed into quarantine after one of the delegates tested positive for COVID-19.
To stop the spread of COVID-19, all delegates, crew and press at Eurovision 2021 test themselves every 48 hours with rapid tests.
During one of these routine tests of the Polish delegation on Saturday morning, one delegate tested positive for the virus. In accordance with the Health & Safety Protocol of Eurovision 2021, the whole of Poland’s delegation has now been placed in quarantine as a result of the positive COVID-19 test result. They will all be subjected to PCR tests to detect potential additional cases.
The delegate was last in the Eurovision venue on Thursday, when Poland’s singer RAFAŁ undertook the second rehearsal for his song “The Ride”. It is currently unknown which role the person who tested positive has in the delegation.
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The EBU has confirmed in a statement that Poland will not take part in tomorrow’s turquoise carpet event in Rotterdam. They did not comment on RAFAŁ’s upcoming participation in Thursday’s second semi-final and his preceding jury show performance on Wednesday.
A few hours before the news came out, Executive Producer Sietse Bakker told NOS that in the case of a delegate testing positive, the country would be barred from performing on the stage of Ahoy. Instead, in Bakker’s words, they would have to resort to the live-on-tape performances that were recorded prior to coming to the Netherlands.
The Polish delegate is not the first COVID-19 case at Eurovision 2021. Although the organisers have managed to keep the artists and press as safe as they could, NOS reported earlier this week that a handful of people had been found to be positive. All positive cases were barred entry to the venue and have been told to go into self-isolation.
The team at wiwibloggs sends well wishes to the Polish delegate and hopes that the rest of the Polish delegation stays safe and healthy for the remainder of the stay!