AAPEX to Require Vaccine or Negative Covid Test

Aug. 26, 2021

The Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), held in conjunction with the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, will require proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID PCR test to attend the 2021 event. SEMA officials so far have not announced a vaccine requirement, but say they'll soon issue what safety measures will be required for this year's show.

The owners of AAPEX — the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) — say attendees will need to show a vaccination record, or a negative COVID PCR test. The test must be administered prior to the person's arrival.

"AAPEX co-owners also are evaluating the potential for onsite testing for those unable to be vaccinated or to obtain a negative PCR test prior to the show."

AAPEX organizers will use a third-party verification platform an on-site screening.

The organizers of the SEMA Show note that " the COVID-19 landscape is changing week to week.

"The SEMA Show is working with state and local health authorities to announce more in the coming weeks concerning safety measures that will be required in November."

On top of those rules, the organizers also note that the state of Nevada is requiring masks for all indoor events in Las Vegas. The mask rules have been in place since the end of July.

"AAPEX and SEMA are 100% committed to ensuring a great Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week in Las Vegas. As the COVID-19 landscape continues to evolve, health and safety measures will be updated for the respective shows to provide the best business opportunities for those attending."

Another huge Las Vegas trade show — the Consumer Electronics Show planned for January 2022 — earlier this month said it would require proof of vaccination for attendees.