TIFF confirms person with COVID-19 attended press screenings

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TIFF '21: Affected screenings included Dune, The Humans and Bergman Island at Scotiabank Theatre.

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has confirmed a case of COVID-19 from an audience member that attended press & industry screenings.

The impacted screenings were a showing of Dune last Saturday, as well as The Humans and Bergman Island on Sunday. All the impacted screenings were at the Scotiabank Theatre.

A statement from TIFF confirmed the single case and said the Festival’s health and safety consultants at Medcan considered it to be low risk because of the strictly enforced COVID-19 protocols at all venues. Following protocols, all attendees of the screenings were informed of the case.

This year’s TIFF has included expanded in-person screenings over 2020, coupled with several health and safety protocols. These include social distancing and enforced mask wearing for the full duration of all screenings and proof that each attendee present proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test that has been taken within the last 48 hours. All TIFF staff and press working with audiences are required to be tested for COVID-19 every 48 hours.

The 2021 edition of TIFF closes on Saturday.