Despite worldwide restrictions on travel and gatherings, the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is officially going ahead in the Netherlands with the first TV broadcast on May 18. Six dress rehearsals take place in the next few days and the two semi finals and final will be broadcast on 18, 20, and 22 of May. The events will take place in front of an audience of 3,500, chosen from ticket holders for the 2020 event which was cancelled in the wake of the pandemic.
To see how the organizers got from the rendering here:
To the finished green room and stage here:
Watch this timelapse video.
In order to carry out the event safely, Dutch government organization FieldLab is in charge of strict health and safety protocols. FieldLab previously held dance parties and concerts during lockdown to investigate the safest way to host a large gathering during lockdown. Read Eurovision's Open Up To Staying Healthy saftey protocol here. Although the audience will not have to wear masks while seated, only if moving around the arena, there are mask wardens, as the Eurovision blog says, "handing out more masks than a Scooby Doo villains' convention."