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TIFF to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test for 2021 festival

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced its COVID-19 response for its 2021 festival. The festival takes place from September 9th to 18th.

Festival staff, attendees, and visitors will have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test 48 hours before its events. Folks that enter TIFF venues throughout the September festival will have to abide by the policy. Indoor venues will not sell concessions, and printed tickets will be replaced by mobile tickets.

All venues will require masks. Individuals interacting with talent at red carpet events will have to wear masks as well. Attendees that don’t comply with the regulation will not be allowed entry, and will be issued a refund.

TIFF’s Statement:

“TIFF has taken great care and consideration in implementing these TIFF specific protocols to mitigate risk to audiences and guests attending TIFF,” co-heads Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey explain. “We have relied on municipal and provincial medical direction and advice on rapid testing and we expect this will provide another level of clarity and comfort for all 2021 Festival goers.”

The policy will be put in place at venues like the following venues:

– Cinesphere IMAX Theatre
– Princess of Wales Theatre’s Visa Screening Room
– Roy Thomson Hall
– Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
– TIFF Bell Lightbox
– West Island Open Air Cinema

Drive-in venues like Visa Skyline Drive-In and RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Place will not enforce the policy.

Learn more about the policy here.

The Toronto Blue Jays recently announced that they will also require proof of vaccination from fans as of September 13th. Learn more about that here.

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