EVENT UPDATE (August 17, 2021): Vaccination or negative COVID test required for attendance
All event participants, including attendees, exhibitors, speakers, sponsors, staff, the convention center, unions, and key vendors will need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative COVID PCR test from no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at Smart Energy Week 2021. To keep the process efficient and touchless, proof of vaccination will be submitted and verified through a secure, online system. Masks will also are required on-site, per the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center rules.
Soon, you will be able to upload your vaccine information to CLEAR Health Pass. Already trusted by hundreds of other organizations, it's safe, secure, and will provide a fast and touchless entry to our event.
Additional updates will be announced in the next few weeks, prior to the event.
CITY OF NEW ORLEANS UPDATE (August 12, 2021): Vaccination or negative COVID test required for entrance to public spaces
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell just announced that individuals will need to show proof of a vaccine or negative COVID PCR test to enter restaurants, bars, and other public venues in New Orleans.
Additionally, New Orleans is making important strides in the vaccinating their population. Over 74 percent of their eligible population has received at least one dose, and 65 percent is completely vaccinated. (Source: City of New Orleans, as of August 12).
Our Safely Connecting Initiative
Our Safely Connecting Initiative is our commitment to not only provide you a world-class event, but also a safe place to connect and get the latest technologies and solutions to transform our industry.
Under the guidance of health professionals, our team has worked diligently to assess each layer of the event to ensure that our space most importantly fosters the safest environment for you to do business. Our Safely Connecting Initiative includes several measures in a multi-tier approach that will ensure we deliver a safe experience at this year’s event.
We will continue to evolve as health guidelines and your needs change, ensuring the safest and most comfortable experience for everyone joining us at the event. With your help this year, SPI, ESI, and Smart Energy Week will continue to be the place that provides community, support, and answers for our industry.
MORE SPACE, FEWER TOUCHPOINTS
Exhibitor Guidelines. Exhibitors will receive additional guidelines, which include a limit on the allowable number of booth personnel at the same time. Companies will also be encouraged to explore adding plexiglass shields to counters or meeting tables and other social distancing measures. In place of high-touch items, such as giveaways, we also encourage taking advantage of digital opportunities to distribute collateral.
Food and Beverage. Our venues will provide no-contact exchange of food and beverage and will be using compostable, disposable service-ware.
More Space. You are encouraged to maintain 6’ distance throughout the show. We will encourage limited in-booth traffic, have separate entry/exits, and control occupancy of public spaces, education, and meeting rooms.
CLEAN AIR AND SURFACES
Cloth Masks. Face coverings will be required for all attendees, exhibitors, and staff. Masks will be provided for anyone who needs one. Although many jurisdictions have lifted the mask mandate, the Convention Center still requires masks to be worn. As an indoor event of tens of thousands, we want all our participants to be able to continue to do business safely. The CDC strongly recommends everyone is vaccinated.
If you forget your mask or wear a face covering that is not permitted on site, then we will provide you with a replacement mask.
All face masks must:
- Fully cover the nose and mouth
- If you are using a face shield you must also wear a face mask.
The following are not permitted:
- Neck Gaiters
- Open chin triangle bandanas
- Face masks with valves, vents, mesh material or holes of any kind.
Show Management will consider, on a case by case basis, exceptions to this policy for medical reasons if accompanied by a note from your physician.
Sanitation Stations. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the event. Touch-free hand sanitizer, as well as gloves, and alcohol wipes will be available as well.
Regular Cleaning. We will work with the convention center, event hotels, and other venues to confirm they have increase cleaning regiments, such sanitizing restrooms on a regular basis.
* Policies subject to change as CDC recommendations change.
REGISTRATION EASE & FLEXIBLE PROGRAM ACCESS
Registration. Your time spent at registration will be cut down through mobile badge pickup, which allows attendees to scan their registration barcode at one of the registration kiosks and print their badge. We’re also exploring additional touch-free access points.
Virtual Programming. This year’s expo and education will be available to our attendees in-person and virtually. We’d love to see you at the event, so we’re implementing a number of measures in order to reduce contact and ensure distance. However, we understand there are a several factors that may prevent you from joining us in person.
We’ll be running content online in conjunction with the event and offer attendees the opportunity to access the content virtually from their home or even from their hotel room when desired. There is also a virtual expo that allows you to interact with the exhibitors from the convenience of your laptop.
Learn more about virtual programming .
SAFETY AROUND THE EVENT
Partners in Health and Safety. In order to ensure a safe experience from the time you arrive in New Orleans, our partners are implementing a number of health and safety protocols:
- The Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) helps organizations and businesses prepare for, respond to, and recover from biological threats, and biohazard situations and real time crises. Both the Ernest N Morial Convention Center and the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport are approved.
- New Orleans Convention Center Safety Protocols