TIFF receives criticism for having mask-optional screenings

The Toronto International Film Festival is under fire for their policy

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has been receiving criticism over a policy that allows the festival to host mask-optional screenings.

Screenings will be limited to 50 attendees per screen, and patrons entering the building will be required to wear a mask, but according to a TIFF policy, “Patrons may remove their masks once they are sitting in their assigned in-cinema seats.”

“An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present,” the policy says. “By attending TIFF, you voluntarily assume all risks related to the exposure to COVID-19 and agree that you will not hold TIFF liable for any illness that may result.”

The festival shared a statement with The Hollywood Reporter that said that they’re following public health guidelines.