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Health & Safety Commitments

As an in-person attendee, your safety is our top priority. We have developed the following guidelines based on CDC-recommended practices, in consultation with Bexar County, City of San Antonio, and the IAFC Advisory Group. We require that attendees strictly adhere to all guidance in order to make our 2022 event safe, secure, and enjoyable for all. 

Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present; we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your visit. The CDC recommends that people get fully vaccinated and boosted. Per the CDC, vaccines are safe and highly effective at protecting people from severe COVID-19. Getting fully vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you. The CDC still recommends prevention measures for unvaccinated people. For more information see

Safety guidelines below are subject to change at any time based on federal, state, and local regulations. We ask that in-person attendees follow all safety instructions provided by the International Association of Fire Chiefs' staff at all times, and that you do not attend any in-person event if you are feeling unwell or showing any symptoms of illness.

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Per the City of San Antonio, masks are no longer required indoors.  Unvaccinated personnel and those at risk of severe COVID-19 infections – older adults, immunocompromised, and children not yet eligible for vaccination – are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask indoors.  More City of San Antonio mask information can be found here.   

The IAFC will have masks available at the show for participants, if desired.

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Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center                               

• All staff and contractors were trained on COVID-19 sanitation procedures. Contractors receive updated information regarding new processes and procedures for consistent operations as necessary. • UV Lighting was installed on escalators and continually sanitizes handrails. • The frequency of sanitizing was increased in all front and back of house spaces with an emphasis on high touch point areas. • Hand sanitizing stations and sanitizing wipes are located throughout the facility. • Cleaning products are on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved list for use against COVID-19 and staff follow product instructions.

The Convention Center is proud to have received recertification for the Global BioRisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR Accreditation. GBAC is a division of International Supply and Sanitary Association (ISSA), the worldwide cleaning association. This accreditation program assesses cleaning and disinfection practices and infectious-disease prevention. GBAC is an accreditation created for outbreak prevention, response and recovery establishing requirements to control risks associated with infectious agents, such as the virus that causes COVID. 

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Guests will find disinfecting stations with wipes and hand sanitizer available.  Additionally, both public and Team Member areas are cleaned at scheduled intervals, including high-touch areas like elevators and bathrooms.


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