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Health and Safety Guidelines for 2021 Convention & Exposition

The Water Quality Association is committed to hosting the safest possible event for attendees and exhibitors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and will follow all safety measures based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization as well as local government requirements and guidance:

  • Beginning Friday, July 30, face coverings (masks) are required of all attendees and exhibitors while at the WQA Convention & Exposition. Before July 30, masks are required for unvaccinated persons and recommended, though not required, for fully vaccinated people. Face coverings and adequate disinfectant supplies will be available to all attendees
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the Convention Center and Expo Hall, with an emphasis on areas that see high traffic
  • Increased signage focused on safety guidelines, as well as hygiene messaging will be placed throughout the Convention Center and Expo Hall
  • The expo floor has been expanded to accommodate social distancing in aisles and general spaces
  • All meeting space will be set up with social distancing considerations in place, including designated entrances and exits
  • An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) will be available on-site
  • WQA will work with Nevada’s Department of Health & Human Services on contact tracing procedures

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will I have to wear a mask?
Starting on Friday, July 30, masks are  required at all times in the Las Vegas Convention Center, with exceptions for brief periods when actively eating or drinking. Before July 30, masks are required for unvaccinated people and recommended, but optional for fully vaccinated persons.

Masks are required for everyone on public transportation and in transportation hubs (such as airports).  Starting Friday, July 30, masks are required of everyone - whether vaccinated or not -- in all public indoor spaces.

What does “fully vaccinated” mean?
The CDC says you are fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of a two-dose series or two weeks after your single-dose vaccine.

What happens if I forget (or lose) my mask?
WQA will make masks available for attendees and exhibitors do not have their own.

Do the masking guidelines apply to exhibitors, too? What about presenters? WQA staff?
Yes, exhibitors, staff and anyone else in the Las Vegas Convention Center for the WQA convention are subject to these guidelines.

Are exhibitors, presenters and attendees screened for signs of illness?
Every individual participating in person is required to sign WQA’s COVID-19 Policy & Release upon registration. All attendees will be required to undergo a quick health screening when entering the Convention Center each day.

Convention exhibitors, presenters and attendees are asked to self-monitor their health while attending the event. WQA will provide a wellness station in the Convention Center. Masks and hand sanitizer are available at the wellness station, and hand sanitizing stations are provided throughout the Convention Center and on the expo floor.

What if I feel unwell while I’m in Las Vegas?
Please do not come to the convention center if you develop symptoms associated with COVID-19, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, among others. Your convention registration will allow you to attend livestream and on-demand sessions online even if you are in Las Vegas, so you can participate that way any time you feel you need a break. If you develop symptoms while at the Center itself, please visit WQA’s wellness station for more guidance.

What precautions are taken for convention education sessions?
All WQA’s meeting rooms are deep cleaned overnight and then sanitized again between uses. All equipment shared between presenters is sanitized between uses. While local restrictions have been eased and we can now allow more traditional meeting room seating for those who choose it, we will continue to offer socially distanced seating options in each gathering space or meeting room as well.  Presenters will maintain at least 6 feet of distance from the live audience. Designated entrances and exits encourage social distancing.

How are you promoting safety on the trade show floor?
The show floor has been expanded to accommodate social distancing in aisles and general spaces. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the Expo Hall for exhibitor and attendee use. Signs explaining the health and safety procedures are located throughout the exhibit hall.

What safety measures are taken for food served at WQA convention events?
Individually plated food will be provided at a limited number of convention events. Attendees required to wear masks may remove them momentarily while actively eating and drinking, with appropriate social distancing in effect.

How do I know the Las Vegas Convention Center is taking adequate safety measures?
The LVCC is among the first convention centers in the nation to pursue the prestigious GBAC Star Accreditation Program, an accreditation that establishes gold standard cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention protocols that meet or exceed the industry’s highest standards of cleanliness for pathogens like the novel coronavirus.

What measures does the LVCC take to promote safety?
Restrooms are sanitized hourly, and air filters (quality rating MERV 13) are replaced regularly. Floor markings designate appropriate physical distances in areas where people form lines. Designated directional walking paths are marked, and all common-area seating is arranged for social distance. All Convention Center employees’ symptoms are checked when they arrive at work each day, and each is issued a mask. Employees are trained on personal hygiene and handwashing and have plenty of disinfectant, hand sanitizer, soap and water to use.

What safety measures are taken at the Las Vegas hotels?
The Wynn Las Vegas – the official WQA headquarters hotel – follows strong cleaning/sanitizing protocols, offers touch-free controls in guest rooms and provides contactless ordering and payment services. In keeping with the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and the state of Nevada, employees and guests who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear face coverings on the property. Those who are not fully vaccinated are advised to take proper precautions and wear a face covering. You can read details about the Wynn's precautions here.

If you are staying elsewhere, please check with the hotel for answers to your safety questions.

What about local transportation?
Guests at the Wynn Las Vegas can take WQA-provided transportation to and from the convention center. The WQA-provided transportation will observe appropriate health and safety protocols: Drivers will undergo regular health screens and be masked, vehicles will be deep cleaned and sanitized, and riders should wear face-coverings at all times. If you are taking other forms of transportation, we suggest checking out that service’s health and safety protocols before using. Everyone, whether vaccinated or not, is required to wear masks on public transportation.

What can you tell me about the safety of Las Vegas restaurants and other venues?
Food and hospitality workers have been eligible for vaccination since mid-March. Workers and guests who are not fully vaccinated are asked to continue appropriate safety precautions, including wearing a mask in public and observing social distancing, although as of June 1, restrictions on crowd sizes were lifted and fully vaccinated people are now allowed to go without masks in many public areas. Individual businesses might still have masks requirements, however, so if you have concerns about the safety of specific venues or attractions not covered here, we suggest checking them out in advance. Many have posted their protocols online.

What if someone who attended the convention is later positive for COVID-19?
In-person participants, exhibitors, and vendors agree to contact WQA at  if experiencing symptoms or testing positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of attending the 2021 Convention & Exposition. WQA is committed to protecting your privacy and will work with state officials to do contract tracing procedures.

How can I participate in the convention if I’m not in Las Vegas?
Register to attend the 2021 WQA Convention and Exposition virtually! You can attend the Opening General Session and other events by live-stream, access education live or on-demand for months to come, and even visit the trade show online. See more details here.