TIFF, Mirvish to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test from attendees – CBC

Announcements fall in line with numerous other returning in-person events

Aug 23, 2021

Both the Toronto International Film Festival and Mirvish Productions will require all attendees to submit proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test before entering associated venues.

TIFF organizers announced the update to their health and safety protocols on Monday, a reverse from earlier statements when the festival’s co-heads said there were no plans to require vaccinations.

The festival, which is scheduled to take place in Toronto from Sept. 9-18, is following the hybrid model it established last year. In a June interview, artistic director and co-head Cameron Bailey told CBC News that they were “inviting every film to present to audiences, both in person and on the digital platform,” and suggested that model will become a permanent part of TIFF moving forward. Public digital screenings are limited to Canadian audiences.

At the time, Bailey and fellow co-head Joana Vicente said audience members would have to wear a mask when in physical attendance, while a vaccine requirement was “not in the cards” at the time.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/mirvish-reopen-vaccinations-1.6150008

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