We can’t wait to get back together in person in New Orleans this October. Creating a healthy and COVID-appropriate environment for all guests, staff and vendors attending our event is of utmost importance to PMA. We are monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and are working closely with health, government, facility and other authorities to meet and exceed public health and safety protocols.
Based on current facility and local guidelines, the following exhibit, session and networking protocols are in place. Check back frequently for updates.
Social distancing is no longer required; however, it is appropriate for employees to choose to socially distance themselves and should be respected accordingly.
General session, meeting rooms and areas will maintain some social distancing rules
The expo floor layout was modified to increase aisle space and control crowd density for safe, socially distant interactions.
Industry guidelines recommend that no more than three people occupy each 100 square feet of space. If all guidelines from the center are lifted by October, PMA will still continue to follow crowd density calculations that ensure enough overall space for all guests to be 6’ apart, but will leave it up to exhibitors to choose their personal comfort level of in-booth spacing.
Personal Protective Equipment
Based on current facility guidelines, face masks are not required for those who are fully vaccinated.
Plexiglass shields will be installed at the registration counters and other service desks.
Cleaning and Sanitizing
The frequency of cleaning and sanitizing will remain increased in all public spaces with an emphasis on frequent contact surfaces including countertops, escalators, elevators, elevator buttons, door handles, public bathrooms, stair and escalator handrails, dining surfaces, and all seating areas and tables.
Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the event. These touchless sanitizer dispensers will be placed at key contact areas such as reception areas, entrances, stairs, elevators and escalators in public spaces.
Exhibitors serving/preparing samples should have hand washing stations in the booth and regularly clean tables/surfaces
Food and Beverage
Service will continue to be provided in a minimal contact manner.
In-booth cooking/food preparation is permitted behind a plexiglass shield. Anyone serving or preparing samples will need to wear a mask and gloves. Self-serve is highly discouraged.
Exhibitors are encouraged but not required to prepackage samples or place them in a sealed container so unvaccinated attendees can safety transport it to a designated eating area.
Unvaccinated guests may only remove masks to sample product while seated in designated eating areas.
Other Local Guidelines
The hotels and conference center have their own stringent cleaning/disinfection services, rules about guest conduct in public spaces, and revised access to amenities and services. You can find up-to-date specifics for your hotel directly on their individual website.
Please continue to check for
frequent updates for the local area.