This year, the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam Ahoy may still be open to the public.

Outgoing minister Arie Slob (Media) says in

De Telegraaf on


that the government has decided to turn the song contest into a Fieldlab test event.

Per show, 3,500 spectators may be present.

It concerns the two semifinals, the final and the rehearsals.

The Eurovision Song Contest takes place from 18 to 22 May.

Due to the corona virus, it was not clear for a long time whether there could be an audience this year.

Due to the travel restrictions, this only concerns Dutch public.

According to the newspaper, Rotterdam plans to give away tickets to people with a lower income.

It is also the intention to invite the participants from the 41 countries to Rotterdam.

They will have to adhere to strict rules and will not be allowed to leave the hotel just like that.

However, the cabinet has built in a big 'but': if the number of corona infections rises sharply, the event may still take place without an audience.

A final decision will be taken at the end of April, says Slob.

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The Songfestival is joining a series of trial events organized under the name Fieldlab.

At these events, it is examined how events can still be organized in a responsible manner during the corona crisis.

Previously, several theater performances, football matches, a concert by André Hazes and a dance party were organized.

Slob says he is happy that there is still an audience for the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

"With the lessons we can learn from this field lab, we can hopefully take further steps towards a society in which more is possible. Everyone is ready for that."


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