Reopening & 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 recent updates:

  • Beginning January 15, 2022: For events with 500+ attendees (previously 1,000+ attendees), all attendees will need to provide either proof of full vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 test to enter the event. Testing must be conducted within 1 day for an antigen test and 2 days for a PCR test.
  • All adult attendees must provide I.D. to confirm the individual presenting proof of vaccination or negative test is the attendee entering the facility or venue.
  • The testing requirement exempts children under 2 years of age.
  • Masks are required in all indoor public settings, regardless of an individual's vaccination status, through February 15, 2022.

Destination San Diego

San Diego has among the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates of convention destinations. More than 89% of San Diego residents over age 5 have received at least one vaccine dose, and 79% 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, see our Reopening & Safe Meetings FAQs and the following resources: 


Mask Guidance

The California Department of Public Health is requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public settings, regardless of an individual's vaccination status, through February 15, 2022. See the CDPH website for exceptions and details.

Hybrid Events

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.

Certified Protocols

We have industry-leading approaches to cleaning, disinfection, ventilation and employee training. 

Our food and beverage partner, Centerplate, earned a hygiene verification label, Rise SAFE, that is specifically for catering operations. Rise SAFE is managed by Centerplate's parent company, Sodexo, and Bureau Veritas, an independent world leader in testing, inspection and certification.

Partner Protocols

Our on-site service partners are equally dedicated to the health and safety of our clients and guests.

Please see our planning resources page.

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.

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  • San Diego Convention Center
    111 W Harbor Drive
    San Diego, CA 92101
  • 619.525.5000