The Latest on SEMA Show, AAPEX COVID-19 Protocols

Nov. 1, 2021

Are you required to “mask up” for this week’s Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) and/or  the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show?

The Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) will require proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID PCR test to attend the 2021 event. 

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 on-site screenings. Find all the specifics here, including how to upload a copy of your vaccination card, and how to schedule an on-site test.

On Sept. 30, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) said that attendees of the 2021 SEMA Show  "can expect that face masks will be required while indoors during the event," according to SEMA officials due to "current COVID-19 indicators" in Clark County, Nev.

"While key indicators continue to improve in Las Vegas, the current health and safety requirements are not expected to change before the SEMA Show takes place in early November.

"Therefore, SEMA Show (attendees) should plan on wearing masks while indoors."

However, masks "would not be required at the SEMA Show features located in more than one million square feet of outdoor space."

SEMA officials add that the Las Vegas Convention Center has installed "hospital-grade air filtration systems and earned the GBAC Star Certified rating for cleaning and sanitization for event facilities."

Expansion into the facility's new west hall also "provides more show space, so there will be wider aisles and reduced crowding throughout the entire convention center. 

“Hand-sanitizing stations will also be placed throughout the event and high-traffic areas will be cleaned daily.

The 2021 SEMA Show and AAPEX will take place this week.

"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."