Cannes Protocols: Fest Will Require Masks but Allow Cocktails

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Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Scott Roxborough on May 19, 2021.

For the 74th Festival de Cannes, attendees won’t be partying like it’s 2019.

The Cannes Film Festival and its accompanying film market have published new COVID-19 safety protocols ahead of the 2021 festival —set for July 6-17—and while organizers are confident the show will go on, expect a more somber affair than in Cannes’ past.

The new safety measures make masks mandatory indoors at all times —both for screenings and events — as well as social distancing measures to prevent crowding along the red carpet and outside market screenings. Cannes will extend its infamously-strict red carpet dress code to facial coverings as well, with guidelines mandating that masks “must cover the nose, mouth and chin at all times. It must also be a standard-issued (or surgical) mask, in excellent condition, with a filtration rate of over 90 percent.”

Following the so-called “stage 3” of the French government’s COVID-19 re-opening measures, which kick in on June 30, events with more than 1,000 visitors or delegates —a category that applies to the festival and the Cannes market —can take place but will require a “health pass” and strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols. …

THR 5/19

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