Poland will not attend the Opening Ceremony, after one delegation member tested positive for COVID!

As the eighth day of rehearsal ended in Rotterdam, and each country has had both technical rehearsals, the next event is going to be the Opening Ceremony (aka the Turquoise Carpet event) which will take place tomorrow. All delegations (apart from Australia) were set to attend the event, but the EBU has now informed us that Poland will also not be attending, as one of the delegation members tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today!

The EBU released the following statement:

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.  They had last been at the venue on Thursday when the whole delegation were in possession of a negative COVID-19 test.

In accordance with our health and safety protocol this person has now gone into isolation. As a precautionary measure in the run up to show week the other members of their delegation will now undergo a PCR test and go into quarantine. As a result of this, the Polish delegation will not attend the Turquoise Carpet event in person on Sunday16 May.

We are deeply grateful for the support of the authorities in this, and to all the delegations, crew, venue staff and contractors for their willing co-operation to make sure the Contest can take place.

You can check out Rafał’s second rehearsal right here:

You can still vote for five songs in each of our two semi final polls, and let us know which songs you think should (or will) qualify for the Grand Final:

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