Reopening FAQs

We are now open for events and look forward to seeing you here in San Diego! This page will continue to be updated based on public health guidance.

California Department of Public Health updates as of November 2021:

  • Testing requirement now exempts children under 2 years of age.
  • Removed term date of November 1, 2021.
  • Included requirement to confirm identification for attendees age 18 and older, effective December 1, 2021. All attendees age 18 and older must provide I.D. to confirm the individual presenting proof of vaccination or negative test is the attendee entering the facility or venue.

Federal update as of October 29, 2021:

  • Starting Monday, November 8, 2021, new requirements will go into effect for travelers entering the United States at land ports of entry and ferry terminals. For the first time since March 2020, non-citizen travelers will be permitted to enter the U.S. through a land border or ferry terminal for a non-essential reason (e.g., tourism), provided they are fully vaccinated and can present proof of COVID-19 vaccination status. Unvaccinated travelers may continue to cross the border for essential travel.

Masks & Face Coverings

Are masks required?

In California, unvaccinated people are required to wear face masks in all indoor public settings, including our convention center.

Policies for vaccinated guests vary by event. Our State and County are following CDC guidance in recommending everyone wear a face mask in indoor public settings, whether you've been vaccinated or not. Individual event organizers may be more restrictive than this guidance.

If you're asking as an attendee or exhibitor, please check the website for the event you are attending to confirm the event's policy.

Attendance Limits

What are the attendance limits for conventions?

As of June 15, there aren't limits on attendance.  For indoor events with more than 1,000 attendees, the following public health guidance applies:

  • Verification of fully vaccinated status or pre-entry negative test result is required of all participants. 
  • Information will be prominently placed on all communications, including the reservation and ticketing systems, to ensure guests are aware of testing and vaccination requirements (including acceptable modes of verification).
  • Attendees must follow CDPH Guidance for Face Coverings.

Vaccinations Guidelines

What is the definition of "fully vaccinated"?

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.

Vaccinations & Testing Logistics

What is acceptable verification of vaccination?

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.

Additional Health & Safety Protocols

How has the San Diego Convention Center enhanced its cleaning and ventilation protocols in advance of reopening?

Since March 2020, we have worked closely with City, County, and Federal public health officials to support a healthy environment for emergency response efforts that have taken place in our building during the pandemic. With their guidance, we enhanced our cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention protocols, and conducted extensive employee training. Having supported continuous, 24/7 activities within our building for well over a year, we will have one of the most experienced teams in the country when events resume.

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 partner, Centerplate, earned an additional 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.


Are people outside of California allowed to travel to be here?

There aren't restrictions on traveling to San Diego or California from other states in the United States. See California’s current travel recommendations and Visit California’s FAQs.

Destination: San Diego

Is San Diego hospitality staff (e.g., those at restaurants, hotels, and attractions) required to be vaccinated prior to coming back to work? What about those working conventions?

In San Diego County, more than 90% of the eligible population has had at least one vaccine dose and more than 81% 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.

San Diego Convention Center Logo Sails Elements Without Text

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