LAS VEGAS — Those planning to take in this year's Automotive Aftermarket Parts Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas will have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative COVID PCR test in order to gain entry to the event, according to the event's organizers.
The event's organizers — the Auto Care Association (ACA) and Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) — said they are evaluating the potential for onsite testing for those unable to be vaccinated or to obtain a negative PCR test prior to the show.
Such measures would be administered through a third-party verification platform and on-site screening, the two trade groups said.
In addition, they noted that — while subject to change — Nevada requires masks for all indoor events in Las Vegas. AAPEX's organizers said they plan to keep updating potential visitors on health and safety measures as they evolve.
AAPEX is scheduled to take place Nov. 2-4 at the Venetian Expo & Caesars Forum.
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), organizer of the SEMA Show scheduled for Nov. 2-5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), has not announced specific health/safety measures for its event, other than to reference Nevada's requirement that masks be worn for all indoor events in Las Vegas.
SEMA cautioned, however, that the COVID-19 landscape is changing week to week and said it is working with state and local health authorities to stay current on possible safety measures that could be required in November.
AAPEX and SEMA issued a joint statement stating that as the COVID-19 landscape continues to evolve, health and safety measures will be updated for the respective shows to provide the best business opportunities for those attending.
With the Venetian Clean Commitment and the LVCC's GBAC Star Facility Accreditation in place, organizers are looking forward to welcoming the industry back to live events after having to cancel last year's shows due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The exhibition organizers expect over 2,000 manufacturers and suppliers to participate, and classify buyer registration to date as "very strong."