Toronto Film Festival Now Requiring Masks After Controversial Policy

The 2020 Toronto International Film Festival is now requiring moviegoers to wear masks while attending screenings during the event.

Ahead of the beginning of the festival, TIFF announced that they are requiring that face coverings be worn during all in-person movie viewing at its Bell Lightbox multiplex, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The new coronavirus surge in Ontario, Canada made TIFF change their original controversial policy that allowed moviegoers to take off their masks “when seated in-cinema” if they wanted.

“…Due to recent public health reports indicating that there has been an increase in COVID cases in the GTA, we have made the decision that for the safety, comfort and peace-of-mind of our audiences, TIFF Bell Lightbox will close its concession stands, thereby eliminating a point of contact for patrons,” TIFF said in their new statement. “As no food or beverage is being consumed, TIFF will require that audience members’ masks remain in place for the entirety of the time they are in TIFF Bell Lightbox.”

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