Venice Film Festival Still Scheduled for September, Italian Governor Confirms

Before announcing their decision, Venice reportedly surveyed film industry executives in early May to ask about concerns and suggestions for the festival, according to Variety. 

Based on the recent announcement, it seems organizers feel confident after their survey that the festival, known to be world’s longest-running film festival, can go ahead as planned. However, there will likely be added guidelines and safety restrictions in place.

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Italy, one of the hardest-hit European countries amid the pandemic, has plans to reopen its borders for visitors from the European Union and the United Kingdom on June 3. Visitors from the United States are still banned, Afar reports.

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Phase 2 of lifting the country's lockdown restrictions began on May 4, as residents were allowed to return to parks within their cities and many were also able to go back to work. By May 18, restaurants, bars, and shops were allowed to reopen, and travel within the country to visit friends and family became once again permitted.

On June 15, the government plans to finally reopen cinemas and theaters.

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