State Restrictions on the Top 6 Locations for Trade Shows

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Trade shows are rising from the ashes! Whether you’re an event coordinator or a business, you’re probably busy researching trade shows you’d like to attend. If your next event is in a different state, it’s critical to understanIf yd local guidelines so you can stay safe and know what to expect. 

Exhibitor, a publication for trade show and events news, completed a survey of the most popular cities for trade shows from exhibit and event professionals. Using their findings, we’ve compiled a list of the top 6 locations for trade shows in the United States, and provided information about each location’s gathering restrictions. 

Get details about state mandates, mask requirements, and what you should know before you go below.

1. Las Vegas, Nevada

It comes as no surprise that Las Vegas tops the list for the most popular city to hold a trade show! Since March 15, 2021, in-person events and gatherings in Nevada have been limited to 250 people or 50 percent capacity. Event organizers can submit a form to host more than 250 people, and it must be approved by the Department of Business and Industry. View Nevada’s state guidelines here.

What you should know:

  • Mask mandate in effect statewide
  • 35 percent capacity – restaurants, bars, wineries, gyms, gaming floors, arcades, and theme parks

2. Orlando, Florida

Orlando has been at the center of trade shows since the pandemic started due to its lax restrictions. Gathering sizes are not restricted in Florida. However, event coordinators should follow state health department guidelines. While masks are not required statewide, several cities have implemented mandates for face coverings. 

What you should know:

  • Mask mandate varies by city
  • Restaurants and bars operate at full capacity with social distancing

Related Article: Top Trade Shows Returning to Las Vegas in June

3. Chicago, Illinois

The Prairie State has had some of the strictest regulations during the pandemic. While some areas are moving to the state’s Tier 2, Chicago remains in Tier 4 as of April 2021. Illinois has implemented a statewide emergency order placing a ban on gatherings of 50+ people, and this will remain until early June 2021.

What you should know:

  • Mask mandate in effect statewide
  • Phase four restrictions – indoor and outdoor gatherings are 25 percent capacity or 25 guests, whichever is fewer

4. New Orleans, Louisiana

As of March 2, the state of Louisiana, with the exception of New Orleans, has moved into phase 3 of its restriction strategy. New Orleans entered an adjusted phase 3 on March 12. The rest of the state can host events at 50 percent capacity or up to 250 people.

What you should know:

  • Masks mandate in effect statewide
  • New Orleans – maximum capacity of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors

Related Service: Trade Show Transportation

5. San Diego, California

The Golden State recently announced that they plan to reopen fully on June 15, 2021, and will allow up to 5,000 people at conventions and trade shows – view current state guidelines here. In-person meetings are expected to resume on April 15 with larger events expected later this year. All attendees will need to provide proof of vaccination or must be tested.

What you should know: 

  • Mask mandate is in effect
  • Restrictions vary by county

6. Atlanta, Georgia

Trade shows are peachy-keen in Georgia as there are no restrictions in place for conventions. However, event planners are expected to follow safety guidelines as outlined by the state for in-person meetings. On April 8, 2021, Gov. Brian Kemp loosened restrictions, such as the shelter-in-place order.

What you should know: 

  • Mask mandate is encouraged, but not required
  • Ban on gatherings of 50+ people to be lifted April 8

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