Health, Safety Top Of Mind In Planning The PPAI Expo 2022
In a message to the industry and Association membership earlier today, PPAI President and CEO Dale Denham, MAS+, shared an update on The PPAI Expo 2022, and initiatives and planning efforts in place to ensure a safe and healthy show experience for those in attendance.
“Like most of you, I am excited about heading to Las Vegas for The PPAI Expo in a few weeks and getting to see you and our community in person,” Denham says in the email. “Registration and booth sales continue to be strong and have gained momentum in recent weeks. With over 2,200 booths from nearly 1,000 exhibitors, the always impressive new product pavilion and the enhanced safety protocols, The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas is where the industry kicks off the year.”
Denham notes that the Mandalay Bay has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star Facility accreditation, the gold standard for prepared and safe facilities awarded by the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. GBAC accreditation means that Mandalay Bay has established and maintains a cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents like the coronavirus. It has undertaken proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques and put practices in place to combat biohazards and infectious disease, and the facility employs highly informed cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response. Additionally, the entire Mandalay Bay resort, including the exhibit halls, is equipped with an extremely efficient ventilation system that provides 12 full-air exchanges per hour and is equivalent to the standard found in hospitals and other medical venues.
“We remain vigilant and nimble to address health-related developments, including taking increased safety precautions,” Denham states. “The PPAI Expo show policies remain in line with COVID protocol of Clark County and Mandalay Bay, which currently include a mask mandate when indoors and not actively eating or drinking. It’s too early to say whether requirements will be different by the time The PPAI Expo arrives. It is possible that a vaccine mandate, possibly with a negative test option as an alternative, could be instituted. We encourage you to be prepared for the possibility of a change in requirements. If this occurs, we have solutions at the ready to allow you to upload vaccine proof and to check negative tests. But again, as of today, there is only a mask mandate in place.”
He adds, “I also encourage you to check out the health and safety section on our site, Healthpitality, which includes a link to the current Las Vegas COVID requirements. PPAI has dedicated significant resources specifically to health and safety. Increasing that investment this year, we are following up on our promise to keep your health and safety as our priority in delivering The PPAI Expo.”
Denham’s message to the industry this morning also included a video discussing what’s in store for attendees at The PPAI Expo 2022 and PPAI’s planning for the event. Click here for the video.