Eurovision song contest to have limited audience in COVID-19 trial

Eurovision song contest to have limited audience in COVID-19 trial


AMSTERDAM — A limited audience will be allowed to attend the Eurovision song contest in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam in May as part of a COVID-19 trial, newspaper de Telegraaf reported on Thursday.

The event will be part of a series being held in the Netherlands under the name “fieldlab”, which has allowed small crowds into a theatre, conference centre and a soccer match under strict monitoring.

Eurovision organisers had said in February that there would be some socially distanced events, but did not specify whether a live audience would be permitted.

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A maximum of 3,500 people living in the Netherlands will be admitted to rehearsals, the semi-finals and finals taking place on May 18-22, the newspaper reported, citing a government official.

Performances will be given by 39 participating countries and fans will have to have a negative coronavirus to attend, the report said.

The Netherlands is hosting the 65th edition of the event, which draws a

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