Reopening & Safe Meetings
We are committed to working closely with you to support the health and well-being of your event's attendees, exhibitors, staff and business partners.
We can’t wait to see you and your guests in San Diego!
Destination San Diego
San Diego has among the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates of convention destinations. 84% of San Diego residents over age 5 have received at least one vaccine dose, and 75% are fully vaccinated. (Prior to child eligibility, the region reached an 80%+ full vaccination rate). See the County's dashboard.
Beyond our high vaccination rates, we have one of the most knowledgeable event teams in the nation, having supported 24/7 community response efforts in the building for 15 months during the pandemic. SDCC worked directly with County public health, CDC, and other medical experts to train staff and refine protocols to host people in the building safely and responsibly.
For additional information, see our Reopening & Safe Meetings FAQs and the following resources:
- State of California guidance for large events
- Requirements for air travel and land port of entry travel to the U.S.
- San Diego International Airport details & FAQs
- San Diego Tourism Authority's Safe Travel page
In California, unvaccinated people are required to wear face masks in all indoor public settings, including our convention center.
Policies for vaccinated guests vary by event. Our State, County and the CDC recommend everyone wear a face mask in indoor public settings, whether you've been vaccinated or not. Individual event organizers may require it.
Fully scalable, our hybrid event offerings feature in-person programming along with virtual components. Hybrid activities may scale from a video call in small meetings to live-streaming sessions for remote viewers to presenting keynotes with multiple live speakers in remote locations interacting with in-person attendees.
We have industry-leading approaches to cleaning, disinfection, ventilation and employee training.
Our food and beverage partner, Centerplate, earned a hygiene verification label, Rise SAFE, that is specifically for catering operations. Rise SAFE is managed by Centerplate's parent company, Sodexo, and Bureau Veritas, an independent world leader in testing, inspection and certification.
COVID-19 Community Response
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Diego Convention Center served as a temporary shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness, a physically distanced voting center for the 2020 election, and an emergency intake site for unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the United States.
Following the closure of the emergency intake site in July, an extensive third-party cleaning and disinfecting process was completed throughout our building. This process met or exceeded standards of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) and complied with CDC guidance for providing clean and sanitary environments.
After the third party completed their work, our SDCC team conducted an additional deep-cleaning and maintenance process to guarantee we would be ready to welcome events and attendees back to our premier gathering place.