While The NAFEM Show and OCCC are constantly assessing the current situation and taking enhanced measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, there is an inherent risk to exposure in any public place where people are present. To ensure the best show possible for everyone, we ask that you follow all guidelines and stay home (or at the hotel) if you’re experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
Key things to know
Here is what you can expect at the show:
Practice social distancing to reduce contact.READ MORE
Frequently wash your hands and use our hand sanitizer stations on the show floor.READ MORE
As of June 9, the OCCC requires individuals who are NOT fully vaccinated to wear a mask.MASK POLICY
We’re implementing measures to provide on-site medical support.READ MORE
Frequently asked questions
This page was last updated on 3/9/21
Yes, The NAFEM Show will be live and in person in August.
The OCCC is leading the way in providing a safe event space for everyone. Not only have they achieved a Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s (GBAC) Star Accreditation, they also have a new medical partnership with Orlando Health. As part of the Orlando Economic Task Force, they are leading the way for safe events to take place in their facility, in the city of Orlando, and in the county. Below are some of the general guidelines you can expect at The NAFEM Show:
- Daily cleaning and sanitization of public spaces and high-touch areas like door handles, restrooms, elevators, ATMs, etc.
- Signage with health, hygiene and physical distancing reminders around the convention center.
- Hand sanitizers and hand wash stations at entrances and high-contact areas.
For more details, visit the OCCC’s frequently asked questions.
You can expect social distancing, hand washing reminders, enhanced protocols and more. There also will be a medical expert onsite and access to an on-demand Medical Concierge through the show app. The 24/7 Medical Concierge is provided through Orlando Health’s Virtual Visit and allows you to connect with a physician at any time during the event.
In addition, members of The NAFEM Show team are GBAC-Trained Technician certified in infection and contamination control measures to ensure safe events and also completed the Pandemic Compliance Advisor course for meeting industry professionals .
At this time, we will NOT require proof of vaccination, proof of a negative COVID-19 test or administer temperature checks at the show.
As of June 9, the Orange County Convention Center does not require individuals who are fully vaccinated to wear a mask. However, for those individuals who are not vaccinated, the OCCC requires that you wear a mask. NAFEM will follow these guidelines and do what is needed to comply. NAFEM will have masks available at the show, if you wish to wear a mask.
We are following all CDC, state, local and building guidelines. Here are a few of the updates we’re implementing:
- Mask requirement for unvaccinated individuals
- Hand sanitizer stations throughout show floor
- Touchless sinks in the bathroom
- Wider aisles for two-way traffic
- Medical support onsite and through the show app
- Exhibitor hand washing kits for safe food sampling
- Social distancing reminders throughout show floor
- Plexiglass shields at registration
- Enhanced sanitation and cleaning protocols
NAFEM cannot predict what international travel restrictions will be at the time of the show and are following all U.S. travel requirements for all participants.
Will there be extra show hours due to the possibility of limited guests allowed on the show floor at any one time?
The show will NOT have extended hours and will not stagger attendee access to the exhibit hall.
NAFEM will NOT host its traditional Kick-Off (Wednesday) and NAFEM Party (Friday) events. Both events will return in 2023 when we have optimal planning time and fewer limitations on how they can be the kind of networking events our exhibitors and attendees associate with The NAFEM Show.
Yes, exhibitors are permitted to host receptions with food and alcoholic beverages in their booth during the last two hours of the show on Thursday and Friday. Alcoholic beverages served in booths may only be purchased and served by licensed bartenders from Centerplate.
Yes, companies planning to have food sampling in their booth will receive a Hand Washing Kit provided by NAFEM to include soap, 2+ gallon bucket to catch gray water, paper towels and water jug with spout. Anyone serving samples is required to wear a face mask and gloves. Please refer to Page 8 of the Rules and Regulations for food additional preparation guidelines.
From enhanced health and meeting measures at the Orange County Convention Center to new procedures and policies at Orlando International Airport, learn all the ways Orlando is keeping travelers in mind during their stay.
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