Planning Safe Meetings
We are committed to working closely with you to support the health and well-being of your event's attendees, exhibitors, staff and business partners.
We can’t wait to see you and your guests in San Diego!
California Department of Public Health updates (revised March 18, 2022):
- Vaccination/Testing Requirements:
- On April 1, 2022, the State's requirement for vaccine verification or proof of negative test was lifted and moved to a strong recommendation.
- Masks/Face Coverings:
- As of March 1, 2022, the State is no longer requiring masks. Masks are strongly recommended in most indoor settings.
Individual event organizers may choose to have protocols that go beyond these state requirements.
Destination San Diego
San Diego has among the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates of convention destinations. 94% of San Diego residents over age 5 have received at least one vaccine dose, and 83% are fully vaccinated. See the County's dashboard.
Beyond our high vaccination rates, we have one of the most knowledgeable event teams in the nation, having supported 24/7 community response efforts in the building for 15 months during the pandemic. SDCC worked directly with County public health, CDC, and other medical experts to train staff and refine protocols to host people in the building safely and responsibly.
For additional information, please see:
- Our Reopening & Safe Meetings FAQs
- State of California guidance for large events
- Requirements for air travel and land port of entry travel to the U.S.
- San Diego International Airport details & FAQs
Fully scalable, our hybrid event offerings feature in-person programming along with virtual components. Hybrid activities may scale from a video call in small meetings to live-streaming sessions for remote viewers to presenting keynotes with multiple live speakers in remote locations interacting with in-person attendees.
We have industry-leading approaches to cleaning, disinfection, ventilation and employee training.
Our food and beverage department earned a hygiene verification label, Rise SAFE, that is specifically for catering operations. Rise SAFE is managed by Sodexo and Bureau Veritas, an independent world leader in testing, inspection and certification.
COVID-19 Community Response
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Diego Convention Center served as a temporary shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness, a physically distanced voting center for the 2020 election, and an emergency intake site for unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the United States.
Following the closure of the emergency intake site in July, an extensive third-party cleaning and disinfecting process was completed throughout our building. This process met or exceeded standards of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) and complied with CDC guidance for providing clean and sanitary environments.
After the third party completed their work, our SDCC team conducted an additional deep-cleaning and maintenance process to guarantee we would be ready to welcome events and attendees back to our premier gathering place.