Face Coverings Will Be Mandatory at SEMA Show

July 16, 2020

Attendees of this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show will be required to wear face masks or face shields as part of the association's COVID-19-related safety plan.

“Just like the world we live in today, this year’s SEMA Show will be different,” says Tom Gattuso, SEMA's vice president of events. “We recognize the challenges that the industry is going through and we’ve made changes so that the industry will be able to gather and conduct business safely.”

In addition to mandating face coverings, SEMA also is planning to:

  • Require frequent hand washing and social distancing;
  • Designate entrance and exit areas to control and screen visitors with discrete daily health queries, incorporating non-invasive thermal cameras, etc.;
  • Configure traffic flow with one-way aisles, where possible;
  • Install hand sanitizing stations throughout the show, spaced 200 feet apart, and;
  • Enhance physical cleaning with hourly sanitizing of high-traffic areas throughout the show floor and common areas, including doorways, elevators, and escalators.

Association officials also say they are collaborating with Las Vegas Convention Center “in their advancements to be among the first in the nation to pursue certification for safety measures aimed at outbreak prevention through actions such as sanitizing the facility nightly.”

And they are” working with hotel partners... and state and city officials in Las Vegas to ensure high safety standards and government compliance for the November event.”

SEMA says more than 1,800 companies are planning to exhibit at this year's show, which is scheduled to take place Nov. 3-6 in Las Vegas, Nev.