Safe Meetings and Reopening FAQs
We look forward to seeing you here in San Diego! We reopened for event activity more than a year ago, in August 2021. This page will continue to be updated based on public health guidance.
Masks & Face Coverings
Our San Diego Convention Center team monitors public health guidance, provides updates to meeting planners and communicates requirements via this website. Meeting planners then communicate applicable protocols to exhibitors, attendees and contractors for their licensed areas of the building.
Our Convention Center team monitors compliance among our employees and business partners, and we work collaboratively with meeting planners to help identify ways of implementing protocols for their events. We appreciate the efforts of all of our partners and guests to adhere to public health guidance and support a healthy environment for the gatherings we host.
If you are attending an event, please check with the event organizer about anticipated protocols.
California is now recommending (but not requiring) protocols such as indoor masking. On April 1, 2022, the State's requirement for vaccine verification or proof of negative test was lifted and moved to a strong recommendation.
The State is not requiring any changes to room capacities.
People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19: two weeks or more after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks or more after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).
See CDPH Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Persons for additional information.
Yes; international travelers will need to comply with federal requirements for their travel.
See this fact sheet for travelers entering the U.S. via land ports of entry, released October 29.
There are not any local requirements for international attendees beyond those that apply to domestic attendees.
Vaccinations & Testing Logistics
Per CDPH guidance, the following are acceptable as proof of full vaccination:
- Vaccination card (which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided and date last dose administered); OR
- Photo of a vaccination card as a separate document; OR
- Photo of the attendee's vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device; OR
- Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider; OR
- Digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays to the reader client name, date of birth, vaccine dates and vaccine type; OR
- Documentation of vaccination from other contracted employers who follow these vaccination records guidelines and standards.
We recommend attendees and exhibitors connect with their event organizers about the logistics for submitting test results, and any specific recommended testing providers.
Vaccination record cards are intended to provide recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine with information about the type of vaccine they received, and when they may be able to receive a second dose of the vaccine. By misrepresenting yourself as vaccinated, you put yourself and others around you at risk of contracting COVID-19. Additionally, the unauthorized use of an official government agency's seal (such as HHS or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)) is a crime, and may be punishable under Title 18 United States Code, Section 1017, and other applicable laws.
No, per guidance issued in August 2021, event organizers do not need to retain these records.
Additional Health & Safety Protocols
In 2020 and early 2021, we worked closely with City, County, and Federal public health officials to support a healthy environment for emergency response efforts in our building during the pandemic. With their guidance, we enhanced our cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention protocols, and conducted extensive employee training.
Our systems are carefully managed to provide the appropriate amount of indoor air circulation and proper outside makeup air. We have also installed additional hand sanitizer stations and hygiene reminder signage throughout the building.
Our food and beverage team earned an additional 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.
As of June 15, there are not any social/physical distancing requirements.
Yes; our guidelines will reflect existing fire marshal and building capacity limits.
No, but event organizers should cooperate and work closely with their local health departments to assist in any contact tracing efforts. Additionally, employers are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), if applicable to them, which requires that employees be notified of an exposure.
We recommend individuals sign up for CA Notify as an added layer of protection to receive alerts when they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
Destination: San Diego
In San Diego County, 90% of the eligible population (over 6 months) has had at least one vaccine dose and approximately 80% are fully vaccinated. The San Diego Convention Center has provided several opportunities for employees to be vaccinated onsite. Additional employee and business partner protocols will be determined based on ongoing data and consultation with health officials.
There is no State mandate for all hospitality and event employees to be vaccinated. San Diego’s hospitality industry has implemented best-in-class safety protocols, including enhanced cleaning and staff training, and have been successfully hosting leisure guests since last summer.
The Convention Center and hotels will be appropriately staffed to provide your guests the visitor experience they have come to expect from San Diego.
During the pandemic, we retained many Convention Center employees to support humanitarian efforts inside our building. In March, we began steadily rebuilding our staff, especially in the operations areas such as facility and cleaning services, engineering, and event management. Our business partners have also been rebuilding their staff to support the increased event activity.
Yes! San Diego still offers near-perfect weather, 70 miles of coastline, unlimited opportunities to explore the outdoors as well as a rich and diverse arts and culture scene. In addition, many of our hotels, attractions, restaurants, wineries, breweries and other hospitality businesses have innovated and renovated to provide new experiences—all with visitors’ health and well-being top of mind.