True/False practicing safety measures ahead of festival

2 months 4 weeks 1 day ago Tuesday, March 03 2020 Mar 3, 2020 Tuesday, March 03, 2020 3:14:00 PM CST March 03, 2020 in News
By: Skylar Webb, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - The True/False Film Festival brings usual estimates of around 16,000-18,000 people from all over the world into the Columbia area. This year, the festival is taking extra health and safety precautions amid the coronavirus outbreak.

True/False released a statement on their website Monday showing a list of CDC recommendations the general public should follow ahead of the festival. The Festival Director, Camellia Cosgray, said guests, staff and passholders should treat the virus similarly to the flu.

"We are going to be providing hand sanitizer throughout all of our venues and especially events where there will be food and drinks served," Cosgray said.

She also said there will be signage with CDC guidelines on how to properly wash your hands and prevent the spread of germs.

The festival has remained in close contact with the Columbia-Boone County Health Department, who said none of the registered guests and talent are coming into Columbia from areas of concern.

Cosgray said there isn't any information on where ticketholders are coming from before the festival. Demographic data is collected yearly at the conclusion of the festival.

“We’ve had a few people reach out, before we put out the information yesterday, just asking what we’re considering," Cosgray said. "I think now that we have that information out, we really haven’t had those sorts of questions. At this point, I’m only aware of one person who’s reached out with health concerns, with maybe getting sick.”

The festival officially kicks off Thursday.

True/False coverage is provided in collaboration with Vox Magazine

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