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TIFF updates COVID-19 protocols to include mandatory vaccines or negative test

A man walks on a red carpet displaying a sign for the Toronto International Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Hundreds of workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight are set to receive virtual tickets to one of the hottest titles at the Toronto International Film Festival. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Lights, vaccines, action.

The Toronto International Film Festival has updated its stance on COVID-19 vaccines, saying in a release Monday that proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will now be required to gain entry to all festival venues.

Earlier this month, TIFF said such proof wouldn’t be required.

The new directive will be in effect between Sept. 9 to 18 and applies to all staff, audience members and visitors.

“TIFF has taken great care and consideration in implementing these TIFF specific protocols to mitigate risk to audiences and guests attending TIFF,” said Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, TIFF Co-Heads.

“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.”

Unvaccinated people will have to show proof of negative test for COVID-19 within 48 hours prior to entering any TIFF venue.

Previously announced safety measures, like mandatory masks and no printed tickets/passes or indoor lineups, remain in effect.

TIFF anticipates 4,000 members of the industry will be accredited for this year’s festival, and says more than 1,400 journalists have been accredited.

Reporters invited to cover red carpets and interact with talent will also need don a mask and provide proof of negative COVID-19 tests every 48 hours.