TIFF will require proof of vaccine or negative COVID-19 test for staff and public – .

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TIFF will require proof of vaccine or negative COVID-19 test for staff and public – .


TORONTO – The Toronto International Film Festival has said it will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result for staff, members of the public and visitors entering its theaters.

Organizers say people will have to prove they have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorized by Health Canada or provide a negative test within 48 hours of entering one of the festival sites.

Vaccination and testing rules do not apply to outdoor drive-in locations.

TIFF protocols announced earlier this month did not require proof of vaccination for staff, talent and media entering the festival site, but insisted on masks at all festival venues and regular testing .

Other precautions that remain include mobile tickets instead of printed passes, no rush ticketing or indoor queues, and no concessions sold at indoor venues.

TIFF will take place September 9-18. Tickets are expected to go on sale Tuesday.

The Toronto Film Marathon is the latest film festival to announce mandatory proof of vaccination for spectators.

Colorado’s Telluride Film Festival and Venice Film Festival, both of which begin early next month, have also required proof of vaccination or a negative test for entry.

The Sundance Film Festival, which doesn’t start until January 2022, has announced similar protocols.

“TIFF has taken great care and taken into account the implementation of these TIFF-specific protocols in order to mitigate risks to the public and guests attending TIFF,” TIFF Co-Directors Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, in a statement.

“We have relied on municipal and provincial medical guidance and advice on rapid testing and expect this to provide another level of clarity and comfort to all festival-goers in 2021.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 23, 2021.

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