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COVID-19 Policies

Patrons

Masks will be required for all VAFF events held at indoor venues, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are also required inside theaters at all times, unless you are actively eating or drinking while in your seat. Please note, only Violet Crown and Paramount allow food and drink inside theaters. Extra masks will be on hand at all venues for patrons who arrive without. Patrons who refuse to wear masks properly, covering their nose and mouth, and continuously while inside our theaters as described above will not be allowed entry and/or will be asked to leave.

Additionally, in compliance with The Paramount Theater’s policy, VAFF events at The Paramount will require proof of vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to the event, along with a photo ID upon arrival. Below you will find more information on what to expect at VAFF events in The Paramount.

Arriving at The Paramount
All ticket holders must successfully provide proof of vaccination or negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to the screening date and time in order to enter the Theater. Please plan your arrival time in order to accommodate this process.

Will I need to present these documents at each Paramount event if I plan to attend more than one?
Yes. We will not keep a record of our patrons’ vaccination status or negative test results.  Please be prepared to present your documentation at the door to each Paramount screening you attend.

What is acceptable proof of full vaccination?
Currently, we can accept your physical vaccination card, a photo of your vaccination card, or a picture of your vaccination card on your phone or electronic device. The name on the card must match the name on your photo ID. Full vaccination means that it’s been at least 14 days since your second Pfizer or Moderna shot, or since your single J&J shot.

What is acceptable proof of a negative test result?
We will accept documented (either printed or digital) negative PCR test results from a test taken within 72 hours before the show start time. The documentation must include the type of test, the healthcare entity that issued the test, the test date, and the name of the person being tested. Self-administered at-home antigen tests will not be accepted.

Can I bring a child to an event at The Paramount?
Yes, but they will also need to provide proof of vaccination (if eligible and vaccinated) or a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of the show start time. We understand that children may not have a photo ID, in which case their supervising adult can confirm their identity.

What if I’m unable to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result within 72 hours of the event start time?
You are welcome to a refund. Please contact the UVA Arts Box Office by email at artsboxoffice@virginia.edu to request your refund. Refunds will not be processed in person or by phone.

Where can I find information about getting vaccinated or tested?
Click here to learn more about getting vaccinated.
Click here to learn more about getting tested.

Volunteers

The VAFF requires all 2021 volunteers to show proof of being fully vaccinated prior to each volunteer shift. Alternatively, volunteers can submit religious or medical exception form AND provide a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to each volunteer shift. All volunteers are also required to wear masks during shifts, regardless of vaccination status.

What is acceptable proof of full vaccination?
Currently, we can accept your physical vaccination card, a photo of your vaccination card, or a picture of your vaccination card on your phone or electronic device. The name on the card must match the name on your photo ID. Full vaccination means that it’s been at least 14 days since your second Pfizer or Moderna shot, or since your single J&J shot.

I am not vaccinated and wish instead to submit a religious or medical exception form AND provide a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to my volunteer shift. What are my next steps?
Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator by email at volunteer@virginiafilmfestival.org to receive the necessary forms and instructions to proceed.

Will I need to present these documents at each volunteer shift I plan to work?
Yes. We will not keep a record of our volunteers’ vaccination status or negative test results.  Please be prepared to present your documentation at the start of each shift you are scheduled to work.

What if I’m unable to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result within 72 hours of the start of my volunteer shirt?
Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator by email at volunteer@virginiafilmfestival.org so that we can attempt to fill your shift with another volunteer.

On Stage Participants

We will require anyone who takes the stage at an indoor Virginia Film Festival event to show proof of being fully vaccinated as well as receive a negative rapid antigen test the same day as their event. Like our patrons and volunteers, on stage participants will also be required to wear a mask while indoors and may only remove their mask while on stage during their introduction, discussion, conversation, or panel conversation.