The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has been receiving criticism over a policy that allows the festival to host mask-optional screenings.
Bold of TIFF to announce their policy they picked up from the sentient cans of white claw holding Hugs Not Masks in Queens Park.
— Niko Stratis (@nikostratis) September 8, 2020
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.”
— Christopher Binney (@JMChrisBinney) September 8, 2020
The festival shared a statement with The Hollywood Reporter that said that they’re following public health guidelines.