Update! Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Update and information (as of March 10, 2020)

Dear friends & supporters of the annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, 

We have an amazing film festival line-up for you, and we want to confirm with all of you that Media Arts Center San Diego’s 27th San Diego Latino Film Festival IS scheduled to take place as planned March 12-22 (i.e. movie theaters are still open in San Diego; & we are not a HUGE fest. w/ 1000s of people per day like Coachella or SXSW). That said, just like you, we are all monitoring the current situation with the Coronavirus. 

Here’s an update on the current situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in San Diego, CA and our preparedness plans.   Health and safety officials here in San Diego, CA have not requested the cancellation or postponement of any gatherings. With the evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation, SDLFF 2020 will continue to follow guidelines from government agencies and our public health partners, including the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ) Coronavirus Info, California Department of Public Health Info, and San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (Public Health) FAQ & Fact Sheets

In accordance with CDC recommendations we will also…

  • Add stations, including sinks with soap, tissues for event staff and participants. Gloves will also be available.  
  • increase the frequency of cleaning high traffic areas, such as doorknobs, railings, bathrooms, and tables at our venues. 
  • wipe surfaces with products that are effective against common disease-causing organisms. 
  • sanitize all mics in between panels, and talks
  • MACSD/SDLFF staff & volunteers are required to stay home if they are ill.  

We would like to reiterate the current recommendations provided by the CDC:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Please stay home when you are sick. Tickets purchased in advance can be transferred to friends/families. Or, we can give you credit to see future movies at our Digital Gym CINEMA or 2021 San Diego Latino Film Festival. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

We are dedicated to providing a safe and engaging experience.   Please reach out to ethan@mediaartscenter.org  with any questions. Any changes to our schedule or this situation will be communicated via email, social media &/or our website.

Kind regards, 

Ethan van Thillo, Executive Director/Founder

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