Published: Sunday 16 May 16:37
As a precautionary measure, the delegations from Romania and Malta will now not take part in the Turquoise Carpet event, on Sunday 16 May, following two previously reported positive COVID-19 tests within other delegations staying at the same hotel (EBU Statement regarding Iceland, Sunday 16 May, 15:25 and EBU Statement regarding Poland, Saturday 15 May, 15:09).
All participating artists received a PCR test yesterday (Saturday 15 May) in preparation for their appearance on the Carpet. All members of the Maltese and Romanian delegations will also now undergo a further PCR test.
As an extra safety measure all delegations still attending the Carpet will now arrive individually in private transport.The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is taking place this year with the full support and assistance of the Dutch authorities.
Our primary objective is to produce a fully COVID 19 safe event, and the health and welfare of all those taking part, working at the event or in the audience is our most important priority. A range of strict measures, including isolation, social distancing and regular testing have been imposed on everyone on the advice of health professionals to ensure everyone’s safety.
We are deeply grateful for the support of the authorities in this, and to all the delegations, crew, venue staff and contractors for their willing co-operation to make sure the Contest can take place.