If you want to go to Cinefest, you must be fully vaccinated

Cinefest will require proof of vaccination for festival attendees

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Cinefest Sudbury has announced it will require audiences attending the festival in person from Sept. 18-26 to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID.

This is in response to an announcement made earlier this week by the Ontario government.

To comply with these guidelines, attendees will need to present their vaccine receipts (paper copy or PDF on a mobile device) and photo ID upon arriving at SilverCity.

If individuals do not have access to receipts provided at the time of vaccination, they can obtain proof of immunization by downloading or printing their vaccine receipt from the provincial booking portal (covid19.ontariohealth.ca) or by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900.

People with red-and-white health cards can call the vaccine booking line to get a copy of their receipt. Cinefest staff will also be available to speak with patrons on how to access their vaccine receipts if assistance is required.

Attendees must present the receipt alongside government-issued photo ID, which will be visually verified by festival staff or volunteers. These documents must be presented when entering the establishment – they cannot be pre-displayed in advance.

Those who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be permitted entry with a doctor’s note. For patrons who have purchased tickets and cannot attend under the new guidelines, Cinefest will offer virtual tickets or full refunds if exchanges are not preferred or possible.

Ticket holders looking for an exchange or refund can contact Cinefest at 705-688-1234 to explore these options beginning Sept. 8.