LAS VEGAS — Those planning to attend the 2021 SEMA Show in Las Vegas Nov. 2-5 should expect face masks will be required while indoors at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), the event's organizer said this week.
SEMA Show organizers said they are basing this stance on current COVID-19 indicators and trends in Clark County, Nev., and will adhere to the safety measures required by state and local health authorities.
Forecasts indicate masks will continue to be required indoors when the SEMA Show is held in Las Vegas in early November. Masks will not be required at SEMA Show features located at the LVCC's outdoor spaces, which cover over 1 million square feet.
Currently there is no requirement to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for trade shows, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), said, and there is no indication these measures would be in place in November.
The Automotive Aftermarket Parts Expo (AAPEX), set to run Nov. 3-5 at the Sands Expo Center, announced earlier proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will be required in order to gain entry to the event.
Las Vegas' COVID-19 health and safety requirements, set by the state of Nevada, are dictated by key indicators, including average number of tests per day, case rates and test positivity rates, SEMA said.
Numbers and ratings must reach and maintain specific levels for 14 days in order for requirements to change.
Inside the LVCC, operators have installed hospital-grade air filtration systems and earned the GBAC Star Certified rating for cleaning and sanitization for event facilities.
Expansion into the new West Hall provides more show space, SEMA said, so there will be wider aisles and reduced crowding throughout the entire convention center. Hand-sanitizing stations also will be placed throughout the event, and high-traffic areas will be cleaned daily.
SEMA Show organizers are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 landscape and will keep the industry updated of any unexpected changes. Details will be posted on the official SEMA Show website at semashow.com and on official SEMA Show social media accounts.