Ticket sales for the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam are slower than expected.

Tickets were still available on Saturday around 4.30 pm, a spokesperson for the NPO said.

Hospitals in the Maasstad are now concerned about extra pressure on healthcare.

The tickets are currently only available to people who already had a ticket for last year's canceled edition.

They had to hand in their ticket at the beginning of this year and instead received a code that gave them access to Saturday's ticket sales.

The code is still valid until Monday afternoon.

If there are still cards left, it is determined how they are presented.

The spokesperson cannot say how many tickets have now been issued.

Usually many tickets are sold to fans from other countries.

Due to travel restrictions, they cannot come to the Netherlands and therefore do not use their codes.

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Eurovision Song Contest may receive an audience as a Fieldlab

In total, about 27,500 tickets will go on sale for the nine shows that will take place from 18 to 22 May.

Because the cabinet gave permission for a so-called Fieldlab experiment during the Eurovision Song Contest at the end of last month, 3,500 people are always welcome at the nine shows.

That is approximately 20 percent of the capacity of Rotterdam Ahoy.

Some 3,800 tickets have been made available free of charge to less fortunate residents of Rotterdam.

Strict rules apply to visitors during the Eurovision Song Contest.

For example, everyone must show a negative coronate test that is not older than 24 hours upon arrival.

Visitors also receive health questions in advance via a special app.

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms is requested to stay at home.

The public is assigned a seat.

A mouth mask is required when walking around.

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Hospitals in Rotterdam concerned about crowds

The Rotterdam hospitals Maasstad and Ikazia cannot guarantee that they will be able to provide extra care to visitors, staff and artists of the festival in Ahoy during the Eurovision Song Contest.

According to administrators, staff are overburdened with caring for corona patients, which can jeopardize acute care.

A spokesperson for Maasstad Hospital confirms this after news from

Nieuwsuur

.

The two hospitals closest to Ahoy are concerned that staff will not have the capacity to provide proper care in the event of alcohol and drug abuse or incidents.

In a letter they informed Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, as chairman of the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Safety Region, of their concerns about the 30,000 visitors expected in Ahoy.

"We ask to review critically, based on a risk analysis, whether this large number of visitors is desirable," said the Maasstad spokesperson.

She points out that the region is "extremely busy" in healthcare.

"Regular care has been scaled down, ICs are full and every now and then there is an admission stop for patients."

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