The 2021 NAB Show is ready to reconnect as safely as possible. The annual audio visual convention heads back to Las Vegas, NV with some added COVID-19 accommodations due to growing concerns of the Delta variant.
“Creating a healthy and safe environment for visitors to NAB Show remains a top priority”, NAB Shows writes on their health and safety page.
NAB Show has outlined their COVID guidelines according to the CDC and the Clark County, NV standards. As a precaution, event attendees are urged to download COVID Trace, a free mobile app that alerts you if you have possibly been exposed to COVID-19. Mask are required for all NAB Show participants while on site of the convention. Some visitors may be subjected to health screenings including temperature checks upon entry.
A major challenge for NAB Show is trying to limit physical contact as best possible. This includes cutting the capacity in meeting rooms and theaters to 75% and installing transparent partitions where closer contact is required. If you are an exhibitor, NAB Show has extra guidelines on how to have a safe display booth while on the floor. There’s no mention of social distancing, however the convention promises to adjust their approach as more information rolls in. All attendees will have access to a safe, touch-free registration at one of their satellite locations before entering the convention center. According to an email sent out by NAB Show, everyone who is attending the show in person will have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. They believe this will help slow the spread among the attendees.
The Las Vegas Convention Center, where NAB Show will be held, has promised increased cleaning protocols before, during, and after each event. The LVCC promises to increase sanitization of all restrooms on an hourly basis as well as all AV equipment between uses. They have also invested in HVAC upgrades, allowing them to use hospital grade filters and increase filter changes.
Numerous conventions are trying to figure out how to safely conduct their annual gatherings in the wake of COVID-19. While not the first, it will be interesting to see how other conventions this year execute their COVID safety plans. For instance The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced that CES® 2022,which is also taking place in Las Vegas, will require proof of vaccination for all in-person attendees. Just recently, NAB Show sent out a survey asking for community feedback on how to proceed with this convention. To read more about NAB Show’s updated safety accommodations, you can read the whole statement in full here.