The Sundance Film Festival has updated COVID-19 protocols for its 2022 rally in response to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.
Notably, Sundance will require that all in-person attendees (employees, volunteers, contractors, the general public, artists, partners, press and industry) be fully immunized, with all those who are eligible as per CDC guidelines for having received reminders.
The next edition, which will take place from January 20 to 30, will be a hybrid event offering “the possibility for participants to participate in person and / or online”.
âThe health safety of our community is paramount,â Sundance organizers said in a press release.
Other protocols include reduced room capacity for festival screenings and events, as well as a ban on eating or drinking in theaters. Non-theatrical venues operated by the festival, including The Craft, The Filmmaker Lodge, The Box and The Shop, will have reduced capacity and food and drink will not be permitted in these spaces during public programming.
Participants will also have to wear masks in all places and lines. Customers will be encouraged to continue to wear masks indoors when in public places or shared private spaces for parties or receptions, especially when not actively eating / drinking.
The Sundance Institute has partnered with PandemSafe to offer free testing to all participants and community members at specific vaccine verification and testing centers located around the festival.
On-site employees, volunteers and contractors should be tested at check-in and at the midpoint of the festival and encouraged to test every 48 hours throughout the festival. Artists, press and industry must be tested within 48 hours of arrival or upon arrival. Additional testing is required for attending private events, with artists being tested prior to participating in Q&A, lineup, and press lines.
Rapid PCR and antigen tests will be offered and accepted as evidence of a COVID-19 test. Additionally, any FDA-approved COVID-19 test that displays a valid date and time of the test performed and a valid lab result will be accepted.
The locations of the public vaccine verification and testing centers in Park City include:
Kearns Bonanza Corner (Old Maverick Station)
1635 Bonanza Dr, Park City, UT 84068
January 17 to 30, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. MST
1354 Park Ave, Park City, UT 84060
January 20 – January 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. MST
January 26 to 30, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. MST
Galleria parking lot off Main Street in Park City
January 17 to 30, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. MST
Sundance organizers said they would continue to “monitor overall levels of community transmission and local COVID-19 vaccine coverage in our in-person communities, working to maximize their health security and adjust any plans necessary for the safety of the community. our community “.