This is the first film festival to be held in person during the coronavirus times, and has asked the participants to wear face masks during screenings and take a coronavirus test if they are arriving from outside Europe. The Venice Film Festival published a set of rules and regulations and it says that the fans and the general public will be kept away from the red carpet during the September 2-12 festival, and movie-goers will have to buy tickets and reserve seats online to ensure every other seat is left vacant.
The festival will have nine gates at various points around the Venice Lido, will take temperatures of movie-goers and media, and stars will have transport and red carpet arrivals arranged by festival organizers to prevent crowds from forming even within official delegations. Moreover, the festival-goers attending indoor events will be tracked to guarantee contact tracing.
This film festival is the first major international event that Italy is hosting after becoming the one-time COVID-19 epicenter in Europe. Though the city has got the infections under control with a strict, 10-week national lockdown that ended in May.
In Italy, the movie-goers will be wearing masks to enter the movie theater and can remove it once they are seated.