COVID: Polish delegation sitting out Turquoise Carpet

RAFAŁ, Poland, First Rehearsal, Rotterdam Ahoy, 10 May 2021 — EBU / Andres Putting
RAFAŁ, Poland, First Rehearsal, Rotterdam Ahoy, 10 May 2021

During a routine test upon arrival at the Eurovision Song Contest venue on Saturday 15 May, a member of the Polish delegation tested positive for COVID 19.

RAFAŁ, Poland, Second Rehearsal, Rotterdam Ahoy, 13 May 2021 — EBU / Andres Putting
RAFAŁ, Poland, Second Rehearsal, Rotterdam Ahoy, 13 May 2021 — EBU / Andres Putting

They were last at the venue on Thursday when the whole delegation tested negative for COVID-19.

A strict health and safety protocol means this person is now in isolation.

As a precautionary measure in the run up to show week the other members of their delegation must now undergo a PCR test and go into quarantine. This means, the Polish delegation will not attend the Turquoise Carpet event in person tomorrow afternoon.

If the Polish team are not cleared to perform next week, they have the option of choosing between the live on tape or second rehearsal recording for transmission on the night. Organisers have stated they’ll work with any delegation in such a pickle and help them decide which performance they want to see used.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is taking place this year with the full support and assistance of the Dutch authorities. The 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 the 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 safety.

Image Credits: EBU / Andres Putting .

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