They previously entered quarantine following a nearby positive COVID-19 case. But now, the acts from Malta and Romania have been given the all clear.
Destiny, Roxen and their respective delegations have all tested negative for COVID-19 and will continue to attend rehearsals inside the Rotterdam Ahoy.
The EBU also provided an update about the Polish and Icelandic delegations.
Update on Poland, Iceland, Romania and Malta at Eurovision 2021
Destiny and Roxen will both perform in today’s semi-final one jury show as initially planned.
Elsewhere, the remaining members of the Polish delegation have tested negative for COVID-19, but as a precaution will remain in quarantine until Wednesday. They will all be retested ahead of the semi-final two jury show. If all tests prove negative, Rafal and his team will be allowed to attend the Rotterdam Ahoy for the upcoming rehearsals and live show.
Meanwhile, Team Iceland are still awaiting the results of their COVID-19 tests. Should all tests return negative, the Icelandic delegation will likely also be allowed to attend Wednesday’s rehearsals.
Full statement from the EBU:
“Following the positive COVID-19 test in the Polish delegation on Saturday 15 May all other members of the delegation undertook a PCR test, in accordance with the health and safety protocol of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, and we’re pleased to report that all these PCR tests returned negative results.
As a precaution the Polish delegation will remain in quarantine until being retested ahead of dress rehearsals for Semi Final 2, in which Poland perform, on Wednesday.
Following a positive COVID-19 test within the Icelandic delegation yesterday (Sunday 16 May), they too have had PCR tests for which we are awaiting the results today and will remain in quarantine. They will also have further testing ahead of the same dress rehearsals in which they are also due to perform.
All accredited individuals, including artists, have to test negative for COVID-19 before they can re-join the production.
The delegations from Malta and Romania have not tested positive for COVID-19 and are not quarantining but, due to the fact they are staying in the same hotel as Poland and Iceland, did not take part in the Turquoise Carpet event and were also PCR tested as a safety precaution.
Both these delegations will be welcomed to the arena today for rehearsals following negative results from the routine test this morning, as is normal procedure.
Throughout the whole process, all decisions taken by the organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest are based on the expert medical advice of the event’s medical team and the Erasmus Medical Centre.”
Eurovision 2021: COVID-19 precautions
After positive COVID-19 cases in their delegations, the acts from Poland and Iceland were forced to self-isolate in their hotels. The Maltese and Romanian teams also entered quarantine as they are currently residing in the same hotel as the positive cases. Destiny, Roxen, Rafal and Daði og Gagnamagnið all missed out on Sunday’s Eurovision 2021 opening ceremony Moroccanoil Turquoise Carpet event.
The Eurovision 2021 organisers take COVID-19 very seriously and have a number of contingency plans in place to ensure the event runs safely and smoothly.
All of the Eurovision 2021 competing acts recorded a live-on-tape backup performance prior to travelling to Rotterdam. These videos were to be used in the event of a team member falling ill or being unable to travel in light of coronavirus restrictions. Thus far, the only act to have confirmed the use of their live-on-tape performance is Australia’s Montaigne.
However, the live-on-tape backups are not the only option according to Sweden’s Aftonbladet. Following the news of Poland’s positive case, the Swedish newspaper reported that the EBU would instead broadcast footage from Rafal’s second rehearsal of “The Ride” rather than the original live-on-tape backup. The EBU is yet to officially confirm, but this may be an option in the event Poland and Iceland are unable to attend the shows on Wednesday and Thursday.
We anticipate further news about the Icelandic delegation very soon.
All of us at wiwibloggs wish good health to all of the acts competing at Eurovision 2021 during their stay in Rotterdam and beyond.