Aug. 26 Health & Safety Update
On Aug. 26, AVIXA announced that all who participate in the show in any capacity must provide one of the following:
(i) proof of a negative COVID-19 test result OR
(ii) proof of full vaccination
AVIXA continues to monitor guidelines recommended by the CDC and will follow applicable federal, state, and local laws, adapting InfoComm plans accordingly and sharing updates as necessary.
Aug. 26 Letter from AVIXA's David Labuskes and Rochelle Richardson
Dear InfoComm Show Community,
We could not be more excited to welcome you back to InfoComm this October in Orlando to get back to business and celebrate the resiliency of our industry. While enthusiasm is building with so many of you contributing to our All In for InfoComm (opens in new tab) campaign and exhibitors already preparing for their time on the show floor, we are also regularly monitoring the spread of the COVID‑19 Delta variant and want to assure you that we are putting into place a comprehensive plan that prioritizes health and safety for all that attend.
We recently shared that regardless of vaccination status, masks would be required for all, as well as six‑foot social distancing is recommended across the Orange County Convention Center and InfoComm events. Over the past several weeks we have also worked to finalize the additional protocols (opens in new tab) that will maximize the health and safety of all in attendance through guidance from both local and national health authorities including Orlando Health, the Florida Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
InfoComm has updated its health and safety protocols to require that all who attend the show must provide one of the following: (i) proof of a negative COVID‑19 test result OR (ii) proof of full vaccination.
We will continue to monitor guidelines and will follow applicable federal, state, and local laws, adapting our protocols accordingly. We will share updates and details on implementation and other safety measures under consideration. Visit www.infocommshow.org/health-safety (opens in new tab) for updates.
Multiple indicators show a strong eagerness among the InfoComm show community to return in person, including a high percentage of those who are or intend to be vaccinated, as well as steady attendee registration. We acknowledge some important parts of our community will not be able to participate with us this year, and we, like many of you, are disappointed because we miss being with them and want to reconnect in person. But please know that for those attendees or exhibitors that have decided 2021 isn’t their year, we respect and appreciate all of you.
We are also excited to announce our virtual program which will live stream October 27‑29 from the InfoComm 2021 in‑person event, which will feature the InfoComm Morning Show, sessions from the Technology Innovation Stage and a daily Wrap‑Up Show. All to be announced soon.
InfoComm is our opportunity for the industry to reengage and we are ready to provide the largest, most exciting event in North America focused on the pro AV industry to see the latest technology, learn new skills, and grow your network, while safeguarding those in attendance with practical health and safety protocols.
We genuinely appreciate the support and participation of the InfoComm community and look forward to seeing you in Orlando.
David Labuskes CTS, CAE, RCDD
Rochelle Richardson, CEM
SVP, Exhibition and Event Services
Aug. 11 InfoComm Health & Safety Update
AVIXA CEO David Labuskes announced updated COVID safety recommendations on Aug 11. Anyone attending InfoComm 2021 will need to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, and attendees will be asked to observe 6-foot social distancing guidelines.
Further, Labuskes said, “We are also evaluating on-site testing, vaccine validation, as well as other safety and precautionary measures that will allow us to get back together in person in the safest environment possible.”
Following is the text of his statement:
Dear InfoComm and AVIXA community,
This year has been one filled with both highs and lows, and the anticipation of getting back together in person at InfoComm has absolutely been a highlight for the AVIXA team. That said, as the Delta variant of COVID 19 surges, I want you to know that we are actively addressing updated health and safety protocols to protect all those in attendance.
In light of recent recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), InfoComm 2021 will now require masks to be worn by all participants including attendees, exhibitors, vendors, and AVIXA staff regardless of COVID 19 vaccination status. We have reinstituted a six-foot social distancing guideline across the show including the exhibit hall, meeting rooms, and education sessions. We are also evaluating on-site testing, vaccine validation, as well as other safety and precautionary measures that will allow us to get back together in person in the safest environment possible.
With the rapid pace in which we are receiving information, I want to assure you that the team will be developing safety policies and protocols at the same rapid pace. This means you will be receiving proactive communication about new protocols and safety measures as they are available. The most up to date information is available at www.infocommshow.org/health-safety (opens in new tab).
We are nearly 70 days from the kickoff of the show. As you can remember, 70 days ago safety procedures were remarkably different than they are today and are likely to differ by October 23, 2021. Please know that we are doing everything in our power to bring the community together as safely as possible for those who can and want to be there in person.
I look forward to seeing you at InfoComm 2021.
David Labuskes, CTS, CAE, RCDD
CEO of AVIXA
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