Last year saw a number of Covid-19 related concerns, from Katerina (Go_A) testing false positive and missing a rehearsal block, and Iceland’s Daði og Gagnamagnið and Poland’s Rafal missing their semi-final due to a positive test in the delegation. Policy last year stated that if an artist or delegation member tests positive for the virus, they will be put into quarantine following local guidelines.
This year it seems like things may be slightly more lax in the Covid-19 protocol, as Portgual had our first positive case of Eurovision 2022. Following confusion as to why Portugal was not taking to the stage for their second rehearsal, the EBU posted an official press release that confirmed that a positive case had been found during the routine testing on site. This delegation member has taken a secong PCR test and was returned to their hotel and will be quarantined for 7 days shortly after the discovery.
The rest of the delegation and the artists however, unlike under Rotterdam’s regulations, are not required to isolate as well. The Portuguese delegation will be required to wear masks both inside and outside of the PalaOlimpico venue though. This means that Portugal will still have their second rehearsal on May 4th, though the official rehearsal time is still unknown.