COVID-19 Safety Plan

The measures in our COVID-19 Safety Plan are based on recognised events industry standards: Ascential Secure is the health and safety standard for live events, developed by our parent company. It mirrors the ‘All Secure’ COVID-19 safety standards published by industry association partners including UFI, AEO and SISO.  

Our COVID-19 Safety Plan also reflects the requirements of the French government, the local authorities in Cannes and of the Palais des Festival.  

This year, Cannes Lions attendance numbers will be capped at a safe level in line with capacity restrictions set by French government. The Palais des Festivals will continue to be at the heart of the Festival hosting seminars, judging, awards exhibitions, competitions and our awards ceremonies. With a reduced number of delegates we can ensure that the quality of the Festival programme is uncompromised but delivered in a safe and comfortable environment.

This is a detailed overview of our COVID-19 safety measures.  A complete version of the COVID-19 Safety Plan will be published prior to the Festival.  

By implementing these safety measures, we believe that those coming to the Festival can have every confidence that we are taking all reasonable precautions to keep them safe, and that they can get on with the most important things for them and their business: gathering the insight, skills and connections to drive personal, professional and business growth, while celebrating the world’s most excellent and effective creative work.

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Safety Cornerstones

Our safety measures are organised into four key areas. These four Safety Cornerstones encompass all the measures which will be applied during pre-event preparation, during the Festival itself and in post-event break-down:

Top 10 Key Measures

Featured below are the Top 10 Key Measures which are considered to be the most important.

Cleaning & Hygiene

  1. Enhanced Cleaning.  We will undertake enhanced, deep cleaning before, during and after the Festival, working with venue partners to ensure the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness. This includes continuous sanitisation throughout the course of the Festival, with a focus on high-touch areas such as door handles, restrooms and food & beverage areas.

  1. Personal Hygiene.  We will provide additional hand washing facilities and hand sanitising stations throughout the event space, encouraging all participants to regularly wash and disinfect their hands.

Physical Distancing

  1. Registration Process.  We will make best use of technology and self service terminals to minimise queuing and contact during the registration process.

  1. Physical Contact.  We will request that participants avoid physical contact, such as handshakes and embraces, promoting alternative ways to greet business partners. The exchange of printed materials, such as business cards and sales brochures, will also be discouraged, with digital alternatives available via the Festival App.

  1. Physical distancing.  We will maintain a density of participants in line with French regulations and venue or other relevant guidance. This will be managed through one or more control measures, such as pre-Festival communications to participants, a one-way traffic system around the palais, capacity limits on auditoriums, on-site signage and floor markings and on-site social distance ambassadors.

  1. Food and beverage.  Our event operations team will work closely with venue partners to employ the highest standard of food safety, minimising self-service buffets in favour of pre-packaged food options. If any queuing is anticipated, social distancing will be maintained through the use of floor markings and relevant signage.

Protect & Detect

  1. Personal protective equipment (PPE).  Face masks are currently mandatory in all outdoor and indoor settings in France.  During the Festival, we will continue to follow any mandatory French regulations on wearing PPE.  Other items of PPE, such as gloves and eye screens, can be worn if participants wish to.

  1. First Aid.  The Festival will have a team of qualified first aiders on site and a separate quarantine area.  Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell.  We will follow the French health authority guidance on detecting and managing anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19.

  1. Health screening.  A negative COVID test will be required before attending the Festival and again after every 72 hours. Tests will be conducted at locations across Cannes. We will check the temperature of everyone on entry to the Palais des Festivals, through thermal scanning or other screening processes. We will continually monitor the guidance on thermal scanning and may review this at a later date.

  1. Trace and contact.  In the event of any positive test results, we will cooperate with the French authorities in Cannes to trace and contact participants at the Festival, respecting privacy regulations.

Frequently Asked Questions

What measures are being followed at the Festival?

As a starting point, we will follow the relevant industry standards, including the Top Ten Key Measures.

The Festival will also be run according to the guidance of the French government, and any venue-specific regulations.  These are being constantly reviewed and we will adjust our Safety Plan as necessary to match the latest medical advice and government regulations.

Can you guarantee my safety at the Festival?

No environment away from your home can ever be 100% safe.

We are putting in place a comprehensive range of enhanced safety measures that make the health and safety of everyone who attends our absolute priority.

Through measures such as enhanced deep cleaning before, during and after events, non-contact registration, distancing and crowd management, and the deployment of screening and protective equipment, we are striving to provide the highest standards of safety, hygiene and cleanliness, and to ensure that our customers, partners and colleagues can gain the information, insights, connections, data and digital tools that they need.

Will I need to provide evidence of a COVID-19 vaccine?

No, we will not require evidence of vaccination for people to attend the Festival.  However, some airlines may require a vaccine certificate so please check with your airline or travel company.

Do I need to wear a mask if I’ve already had a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, we will be asking everyone to follow all of the COVID safety measures, including the wearing of face masks.  This is because the current medical advice is that vaccines may not reduce the risk of transmission between people.  Once vaccinated, you can still host the virus and transmit it to others.  Wearing a mask and other safety measures will help to reduce the risk of virus transmission.

Will I need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test?

Yes, evidence of a negative COVID test will be required for access to the Palais des Festivals.  

We are currently making arrangements for COVID-19 antigen tests to be available at locations across Cannes.

A test will be required on the day of an attendees  arrival in Cannes and then at least every 72 hours during the Festival.  

We are also making arrangements for access to COVID tests which may be required prior to any return journeys to international destinations.

Will I need to be tested if I’ve already had a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, the current medical advice is that to prevent transmission of the virus, everyone should be tested regularly during the Festival.

What happens if I test positive?

We will have expert medical advice available to support anyone who becomes ill or who tests positive for COVID-19.  Before coming to the Festival, please also check that you have appropriate insurance in place, including cover for any medical treatment or for any disruption to your travel arrangements. 

What happens if there is a lockdown where I live or if I have to quarantine on the way there or back? 

If you find yourself in any of the below scenarios within the 14 days before the Festival, we’ll be happy to move your pass across to next year, if there is sufficient evidence to show that either;

  • the government of the country or state where you are resident ("Delegate Territory") has closed its border so that you are prohibited from travel from or back to Delegate Territory; or

  • the government of Delegate Territory has issued official advice against travel to France; or

  • the government of Delegate Territory has imposed an unavoidable quarantine on return from travel from France; or

  • the government or state of Delegate Territory has imposed a period of lockdown so that you are prohibited from leaving your home except for essential requirements,

then your pass will be transferred to the next edition of the Festival.

We'd also be happy to help you transfer your pass to a colleague or client to attend in your place if you prefer.

What are the latest travel restrictions?

For the latest advice on travel to and from France, please consult the following websites:

For more information or if you have further questions, please contact our Delegates Team who will be happy to assist you.