While two Eurovision pre-parties were already cancelled , the organizers of the London Eurovision party released a statement concerning their party saying that due to the recent events concerning the Covid-19 it is impossible for them to be certain concerning the party’s status as it stands a chance of being cancelled.
The organizers stated the following:
As the COVID-19/Coronavirus situation evolves, the health and safety of our team, delegations and customers is paramount.
We are working with the venue and following closely all advice from the UK Government, the World Health Organisation and Public Health England.
As the situation here in the UK is very fluid and changing daily, we would ask for your patience at this time. We are currently reviewing our options and all information available to us but are not in a position yet to release any further information regarding the event. Additionally, we have decided not to release any further tickets for sale tomorrow morning as planned.
Thank you for your patience, understanding and continued support.
Covid-19 seems to affect not only the British organizers as just yesterday both Israel and Spain released their statements announcing the cancellation of their parties for the same reasons. This doesn’t skip the contest itself as the EBU itself released yet another statement concerning the main events in May. Yet, this one seemed more positive as the contest’s preparations stay on track as we will only get an official statement concerning the contest as early as early April.
The following was stated by the EBU
We are working closely with Dutch Host Broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS and the City of Rotterdam to explore different potential scenarios for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
However, with 2 months to go until the 3 live shows on 12, 14 and 16 May, and a rapidly changing situation both in the Netherlands and the countries of the participating broadcasters, it is still too early to make any final decisions.
We will keep you posted on all updates on the upcoming preview parties, and Eurovision itself. In the meantime, you can check out our interviews with various selected artists for this year’s Eurovision in this playlist here: