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Show updates for 2021

The NAFEM Show is taking every precaution to ensure a safe and productive experience for our attendees and exhibitors. We are working closely with the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), Orlando hospitality leaders and our show partners to meet all CDC, state, local and building guidelines. As COVID-19 news evolves, continue to check this page for the latest updates.

About COVID-19

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.

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Key things to know

Here is what you can expect at the show:

Physical distancing

Physical distancing

Practice social distancing to reduce contact.

Hand washing

Hand washing

Frequently wash your hands and use our hand sanitizer stations on the show floor.

face coverings

Face coverings

As of June 16, the OCCC does not require individuals who are fully vaccinated to wear a mask inside.

Enhanced protocols

Enhanced protocols

We’re implementing measures to provide on-site medical support.


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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.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, employees and guests who have been fully vaccinated will not be required to wear a face covering inside the Orange County Convention Center. For more details, visit the OCCC’s procedure and guidelines.

Please note that as of July 12, the Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings announced he strongly recommends both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals still consider wearing a mask while in a crowded environment indoors to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We are following all CDC, state, local and building guidelines. Here are a few of the updates we’re implementing:

  • Hand sanitizer stations throughout show floor
  • Touchless sinks in the bathroom
  • 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

As of July 1, the OCCC has increased meeting room capacities to 100%. Refer to the OCCC’s Operational Procedures and Guidelines for more information.

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.

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 from NAFEM that includes soap, 2+ gallon bucket, paper towels and water. Please reference the food sampling regulations flyer for more information. Anyone serving samples is required to wear a face mask and gloves. Please refer to Page 8 of the Rules and Regulations for additional food 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.

The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) offers a library of COVID-19 resources with the latest recommendations, safety procedures, tools and research to help businesses navigate this unprecedented time. View COVID-19 business resources.