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Sundance Film Festival Will Require Booster Shots For Attendance

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at December 23, 2021

Topline

Sundance Film Festival announced Thursday that all participants who are eligible to receive their booster shots are required to do so in order to attend the event next month, as omicron also led some award ceremonies to cancel their in-person events, leaving the entertainment industry’s return to normalcy in limbo. 

Key Facts

The annual film festival, which hosts premieres and screenings of what tend to be some of the best and most talked about movies of the year, will require all attendees and employees to be fully vaccinated and those 16 years or older to have gotten their booster shots. 

Sundance, which will take place between January 20 and January 30 in Park City, Utah, will provide PCR and rapid tests for participants and will require employees and some guests to provide a negative test result before attending. 

Participants must wear masks in all indoor areas and in lines, and it is “strongly recommend[ed]” that they be worn outdoors as well. 

Sundance will limit the capacity of most events, including movie showings, and eating and drinking will not be allowed in theaters. 

Other major film festivals, including Venice, Tribeca, Toronto and Cannes, take place later in the year and have not announced their plans. 

Tangent

Wednesday, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences postponed the Governor’s Awards, which was planned to take place in-person on January 15. The Critic’s Choice Awards also postponed their January 9 ceremony on Wednesday, citing health and safety concerns.

Big Number

122,297. That’s the seven-day average of new coronavirus cases in the U.S. The CDC announced Monday that last week, the omicron variant made up over 73% of new cases in the country, overtaking the delta variant as the dominant cause of infections.

What To Watch For

The Golden Globes, which will announce its winners on January 9, has not yet revealed what form its ceremony will take. The Grammy Awards, which will air on January 31, and the Oscars, which will air on March 27, have not yet announced changes to their in-person ceremonies because of the rise in cases. 

Key Background

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival was largely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. A majority of the events and screenings were virtual. Though scattered drive-in showings in LA were planned, they were ultimately canceled as the U.S. experienced a surge of post-holiday cases.

Further Reading

Omicron Is Now The Dominant Covid Variant In U.S., At 73% Of Cases (Forbes) 

Sundance Film Festival Moves LA Drive-In Screenings Online (Forbes)

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