Police in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia have announced security measures around the Junior Eurovision 2015 song contest being hosted in the city.
Sofia’s Arena Armeec is the venue for the November 20 dress rehearsal and the November 21 final of the song contest, being hosted by Bulgaria for the first time.
An Interior Ministry statement asked those who intended attending the dress rehearsal and the final to arrive early to prevent crowding at the entrances of the venue.
Both evenings’ events are scheduled to start at 8.30pm but the doors to the venue would be open to spectators at 6.30pm to avoid crowding at the entrances, the ministry said.
Police would be involved in ensuring security throughout the city and would be regulating traffic around the venue, the statement said.
Visitors will pass through three stages of checks, including metal detectors. There will be thorough inspections.
People who are visibly intoxicated will not be admitted, nor those carrying bulky packages and/or prohibited items (firearms, pyrotechnics, knives, batons, boxes, umbrellas, bottles and all kinds of glassware, including perfume bottles).
The statement repeated that to avoid tensions during the checks, the audience was advised to be early at the venue.