Day 0 at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and the Covid testing facilities at the event venue have experienced some initial issues. This morning, the system shut down for about an hour, banning those who had shown up with booked appointments.
Early risers had waited in line from 8 a.m. local time at the Biogroup site near the Palais and were ultimately turned away because staff were unable to record the evidence. An employee of the facility said Term that there had been a connectivity problem with the central server, but it had since been resolved.
The site was up and running again at 9:30 am and was running smoothly when this reporter showed up for his test. The facility also ran successfully all day yesterday, though some attendees reported waiting up to eight hours for its results, rather than the advertised six.
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Online booking for tryouts has been largely seamless thus far, and attendees can now schedule all of their tryouts for the duration of the festival. Despite the fact that tests are booked in 10-minute slots and there is a limit to the number of people who can register for specific times, employees did not verify those times this morning and anyone who could display a QR code was able to enter.
Unvaccinated delegates must be able to consistently present a negative result less than 48 hours old to access certain areas of the festival, including the Palais, so they must be tested every other day during their stay. That also applies to vaccinated people arriving from non-EU countries, including the US and the UK. However, today it does not appear that a negative test is necessary for badge collection.
Last night, early arrivals had fun with the kind of test, a collection of saliva, with which many were unfamiliar. Instead of a nasal or throat swab, delegates are instructed to deliver a certain amount of saliva in a tube into small individual booths, which means that the facility sounds to the sound of people collecting saliva.
In the already scorching conditions here in Cannes, the amount of saliva required has proven to be a challenge for some, particularly in the early hours of the morning after a few rosés the night before.
However, if you arrive with food, drink or cigarette in hand, or if you have consumed any of them within 30 minutes of your arrival, you will be instructed to have a swab test done on an adjacent area that had one more tail. long on arrival writing.
In general, most of the first to arrive here were questioned by Term They seem impressed by the systems Cannes has put in place to protect against Covid and are excited that the festival can host a physical edition despite the challenges.
Term has asked the festival for more comments on this morning’s problem.