COVID-19 Safety Protocols

UPDATED COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS - PALM SPRINGS FILM SOCIETY REQUIRES PROOF OF FULL VACCINATION FOR ALL STAFF, VOLUNTEERS AND ATTENDEES

Until we are past this pandemic, we must all do our part so we can get back to enjoying what we love.  For us, it’s the sense of community being together in a theater enjoying a film with others, and honoring the artists who have put their heart and soul into making their passion project and sharing it for us to see on the big screen.  To ensure the safety and comfort of our staff and guests, we must institute the following safety protocols so we can all be together.

The 2022 Palm Springs International Film Festival will require all attendees (pass holders and ticket holders), volunteers, staff, guests, sponsors, media, and vendors to show valid proof of full vaccination in order to enter Festival venues and events. To keep all patrons as safe as possible, no exceptions to this policy will be allowed. 

For the Film Festival, each person attending will be required to show their vaccination card and photo ID in person and sign a waiver. The person will then be issued a wristband, which will need to be worn for the duration of the festival visit.   If the band is removed or lost, they will need to go through the process again. Specific details on the vaccination verification process will be provided as the festival draws closer.

The Film Society will additionally be self-limiting theater capacities to no more than 75% and requiring masks for all. 

The Film Awards will be requiring all event staff, vendors, sponsors, media and attendees to show their vaccination card and photo ID in person and sign a waiver prior to attending the event. Specific details on the entry and vaccination verification process will be provided as the Film Awards draws closer.  Masks will also be required for all event staff, vendors and media. For questions regarding the Film Awards please email christina@psfilmfest.org. Click HERE for more information on the Film Awards.

Depending on the COVID-19 conditions at the time of the festival, additional testing may be required by the Riverside County health department and the state of California.

The vaccination policy, limited only as required by law, will be in full effect beginning October 4, 2021 to incorporate Member Screenings and Community Events.

The Palm Springs Film Society will continue to require masks at all member and community events, continue cleaning and safety procedures at venues and the office, and ask volunteers, staff, and attendees to remain home with any indication of illness.

The vaccination policy will be implemented as an open-ended one, with any changes or reversals informed by updates relating to infection rates, transmission data, variant developments, and local and federal regulations.

FAQ

COVID-19 WARNING

COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. There is an inherent and elevated risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place or place where people are present and there is no guarantee, express or implied, that those attending the festival will not be exposed to COVID-19.

ATTENDEE PROMISE & HEALTH ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

All attendees agree to follow festival policies (including health and safety policies) and posted instructions while at the festival. According to the CDC, older adults and people of all ages with serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk of death or severe illness from COVID-19. All attendees should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend the festival. By entering the festival, attendees voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and confirm that they will adhere to local quarantine mandates and the CDC quarantine requirements, available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html.

WHAT VACCINES WILL BE ACCEPTED?

“Fully Vaccinated” in the USA is 10 days following two doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  Visiting from another country, please see below.

I HAVE PURCHASED A PASS OR TICKET ALREADY BUT CANNOT MEET THE VACCINATION REQUIREMENT, CAN I GET A REFUND?

If you have purchased a pass or ticket to a Film Society event that is occurring October 4 or later, you are required to provide proof of full vaccination.  If you are unable or unwilling to provide the requested documentation, you may request a refund. The period for refund requests will begin on October 1 and will end December 1, 2021. Requests will be accepted via email at boxofficemgr@psfilmfest.org or by phone at 760-778-8979.

HOW DO I SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION WHEN I ARRIVE?

We are still determining the when and where attendees will need to show proof of full vaccination, but the following documentation will be accepted:

Valid forms of vaccination proof include a valid photo ID and:

  • Original, copy or electronic photo of the CDC vaccination card (or similar documentation issued by another foreign governmental jurisdiction); or
  • documentation from a healthcare provider; or 
  • personal digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by the State of California available by going to https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov; or
  • personal digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by another State, local, or foreign governmental jurisdiction; or
  • personal digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by an approved private company.

The following companies provide digital vaccine cards approved for use:

  • Bindle (businesses using this must also check against a photo ID)
  • CLEAR HealthPass
  • CommonPass (businesses using this must also check against a photo ID)
  • VaxYes (using their level 2 verification)

I’M VISITING FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY, WHERE OTHER COVID VACCINES ARE APPROVED FOR USE (ASTRAZENECA, FOR EXAMPLE), WILL I BE ABLE TO GET IN?

Yes, as long as you’re considered fully vaccinated.  Please bring acceptable documentation for your vaccination and allow for extra time so our staff can confirm.  Email Rhea@psfilmfest.org to receive approval for a vaccine outside of Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson.

WHAT IF I FORGET MY PROOF OF VACCINATION?

You won’t get in. So don’t forget it.

WILL ANTIGEN TESTS OR NOTE FROM MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL CONFIRMING A PRIOR COVID-19 INFECTION BE ACCEPTED?

No, only proof of full vaccination will be accepted for entry.

WHAT IF I HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION OR RELIGIOUS BELIEF THAT EXEMPTS ME FROM GETTING VACCINATED?

Do not attend.  It will compromise your safety, and the safety of others.

WHAT ABOUT ATTENDEES UNDER THE AGE OF 12?

As the vaccine has not been approved for use on kids under age 12, we are asking that all children under the age of 12 not attend the Festival.  All children 12+ will need to show proof of vaccination.

WILL I STILL HAVE TO WEAR A MASK?

All attendees, staff, volunteers, etc. will be required to wear masks inside at all venues and events. Masks may be removed while seated in theater seats and enjoying concessions.  Masks are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED outside of venues, while in line, or gathering in large groups.

WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO WEAR A MASK?

If an attendee has a disability or medical reason that prevents them from wearing a mask, a mask exemption form must be completed by the attendee or designated assistant/guardian and a licensed medical professional and returned at least 7 days prior to the event.  The mask exemption form may be downloaded HERE.

Individuals for whom mask wearing may only be difficult are not eligible to request a mask exemption. More details on the CDC order and what qualifies for an exemption can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/masks/mask-travel-guidance.html#disability-exemptions.

For questions regarding this exemption, please email maskexemption@psfilmfest.org.

I AM NOT ABLE TO MEET THE VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS, SO WHAT NOW?

Until this pandemic is over, please do not plan to attend the Film Festivals or Film Society events or purchase passes or tickets.

NOT SURE HOW OR WHERE TO GET VACCINATED?

masks_requiredPROOF OF FULL VACCINATION

All attendees, staff, volunteers, etc. will be required to show proof of full vaccination in order to attend Film Festival screenings & events.

masks_requiredMASKS REQUIRED

All attendees, staff, volunteers, etc. will be required to wear masks inside at all venues and events. Masks may be removed while seated in theater seats and enjoying concessions.  Masks are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED outside of venues, while in line, or gathering in large groups.

seating_iconSEATING PROCEDURES

Advance reservations for most attendees, including passholders, are required (check your pass details for specifics). Capacities in theaters will be reduced to no more than 75%.

 CLEANING

We have expanded the time between screenings to allow for cleaning procedures and help reduce traffic in common areas.  High-touch surfaces and common areas will be wiped down periodically with disinfectant.

hand sanitizer

HAND SANITIZER

Hand sanitizer will be placed in public areas and patrons will be encouraged to practice hand hygiene.

handwashing1FREQUENT HAND-WASHING

Employees are are required to wash hands frequently and patrons are encouraged to follow similar practices.

mobile_ticketingMOBILE & PRINT-AT-HOME TICKETING

Tickets sales & pass reservations will be available online & via phone. Tickets may be presented on your phone or printed at home to be scanned at time of entry. Limited walk-up box office hours will be scheduled for those needing additional assistance.

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STAY HOME

If you are experiencing any sign of illness please stay home and we welcome you to join us again in the future.

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