The Eurovision Song Contest continues and the organization strives, determined and realistic, for the best possible edition. "Our ambition is scenario B: a Song Festival edition at one and a half meters, with sharp corona measures where all 41 artists can perform in Rotterdam Ahoy. Whether the public can be present at the shows and if the activities in host city Rotterdam can take place, will be decided at a later time," says Sietse Bakker, executive producer of the Dutch Songfestival organization.
The Eurovision Song Contest will continue anyway. The semi-finals and the final show will take place from Rotterdam Ahoy on the 18th, 20th and 22nd of May. An extensive safety and health plan has been developed to guarantee the maximum safety and health of everyone present at the Eurovision Song Contest. A special corona protocol has been drawn up that can compete with the protocols of Formula 1 and UEFA, for example.
All available tickets for the 3 live shows and 6 dress rehearsals were sold out last year. Because the capacity is strongly decreasing and there is no prospect of expansion, the organization will start at the beginning of February to fully refund all ticket holders. These ticket holders will receive a unique code with which they can gain exclusive access to ticket sales for the 2021 shows, if an audience will be allowed in the hall. So it is not possible to get tickets for the shows for people who do not already have a ticket for the canceled shows of 2020.
At the moment it is still too early to estimate whether and, if so, how much audience may be present at the shows. The organization postpones a final decision on this until mid-April at the latest.