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:
Will I need to wear a mask?
Yes, masks are mandatory in all public indoor and outdoor spaces throughout Nevada, which includes the Las Vegas Convention Center, hotels, transportation systems, restaurants and other venues. Exceptions are made for brief periods when actively eating or drinking, with social distancing.
What happens if I forget (or lose) my mask?
WQA will make masks available for attendees and exhibitors who do not have their own.
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 association 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. Meeting room seating will be set up with social distancing considerations, and presenters will maintain a distance of 12 feet from the 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 may remove their masks 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?
All hotels require you wear a mask in public areas, and many have posted their public health guidelines online. The Wynn Las Vegas – the official WQA headquarters hotel – conducts non-invasive temperature scans at hotel entrances, follows strong cleaning/sanitizing protocols, and offers touch-free controls in guest rooms. You can read the details here.
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 social distancing will be observed on the vehicles. If you are taking other forms of transportation, we suggest checking out that service’s health and safety protocols before using.
What can you tell me about the safety of Las Vegas restaurants and other venues?
As of March 15, all Las Vegas food and hospitality workers were eligible to receive COVID vaccines. Masks are mandatory in all public indoor and outdoor spaces throughout Nevada, with brief exceptions allowed while actively eating or drinking. 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 email@example.com if he/she experiences symptoms or tests 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.