BFI London Film Festival contacts guests after ‘small number’ of attendees tested positive for Covid-19 | New


The BFI London Film Festival has contacted festival-goers about two positive cases of Covid-19 at the event, reported since the festival closed on Sunday, October 17.

An email sent Wednesday evening (October 20) to an as yet unconfirmed number of event attendees reported positive tests earlier today among “a small number of people who attended the BFI London Film Festival” .

Festival guests posted news of positive tests online via social media, while others said they had been told through the NHS app that they had been in contact with someone who tested positive.

The festival closed with the UK premiere of Joel Coen Macbeth’s tragedy at the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank, followed by a party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Londoner Hotel in Soho. Filter heard from festival attendees who weren’t at the closing night but received the email.

The text of the email sent to the selected participants is below.

Dear LFF guest,

We hope you enjoyed the BFI London Film Festival this year and thank you for your support.

As you are no doubt aware, cases of Covid-19 are on the rise nationwide. It has come to our attention that a small number of people who attended the BFI London Film Festival today tested positive for Covid-19. We believe that you may have come into contact this weekend with someone who tested positive and therefore recommend that you take a test to reduce the risk of unknowingly spreading the Covid-19 virus. Information about your testing options is here. Please also be careful when you need to self-isolate.

Sincerely, and be careful,

The LFF team


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