IPC APEX EXPO 2022: What to Expect Regarding COVID Restrictions


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As IPC is adhering to California Department of Public Health Guidelines, proof of COVID vaccination or a negative test will be required to attend IPC APEX EXPO 2022. 

IPC has partnered with InHouse Physicians (iHP) for attendees to upload their proof of vaccine or negative COVID test results in advance of arrival at IPC APEX EXPO. Once information is uploaded via the iHP link, a trained medical professional will review the information within 24 hours and provide an email confirmation with a green check mark indicating they’ve been cleared for entry. 

Upon arrival at IPC APEX EXPO, attendees will need to check in at the COVID clearance desk and provide a copy of the COVID clearance confirmation they received from iHP. Once cleared for entry, attendees will receive a plastic wristband and can then proceed to the registration counter to receive their badge. Attendees are asked to wear their COVID clearance wristband for the duration of their stay at IPC APEX EXPO. 

Although there are currently no social distancing requirements in the State of California, colored wristbands will be provided for exhibitors and attendees to indicate their comfort level for interaction while at the event:

  • Green: Comfortable with handshakes and hugs
  • Yellow: Prefer only fist bumps or elbow bumps
  • Red: Interaction with social distancing 

IPC will be following the State of California’s guidelines; masks will be required for unvaccinated people and masks are recommended for those who have been vaccinated.

Masks, individual hand sanitizers, and hand sanitizer stations will be available for all exhibitors and attendees while at IPC APEX EXPO. 

The San Diego Convention Center has enhanced its cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention protocols. IPC is working closely with the convention center to ensure high-touch items are cleaned and sanitized multiple times a day through the duration of IPC APEX EXPO 2022. 

Additionally, the San Diego Convention Center became one of the first convention centers in the United States to achieve the prestigious GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation. Under the guidance of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), the convention center is implementing a program of stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention. 

Centerplate, the food and beverage provider for the San Diego Convention Center, was the first North American venue to achieve the Rise SAFE hygiene verification label for food and beverage services. To earn the label, Centerplate passed a site audit and protocol review covering 36 checkpoints in four core areas: process, people/training, facilities, and hygiene/cleaning. Centerplate demonstrated 100% compliance across all areas. 

For the most current information regarding COVID-19 protocols for IPC APEX EXPO, visit COVID-19 | IPC APEX EXPO 2022

Alicia Balonek is the senior director of trade shows and events at IPC. 

This article originally appeared in the December 2021 issue of SMT007 Magazine.

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