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! 

Reopening Status

We are preparing to reopen for events on August 1, 2021. The State of California recently announced guidance for meetings and conventions. Please see our Reopening FAQs for information. We will continue updating this page with details. 

For regional updates, see the San Diego Tourism Authority’s Safe Travel page. Together with SDTA, we will stay in communication with you regarding news and plans.

Hybrid Events

Fully scalable, our hybrid event offerings feature in-person programming along with virtual components. Hybrid event activity 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. 

Certified Protocols

We were 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), we have a program of stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention. 

Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star Facility 2021 logo

Our food and beverage partner, Centerplate, earned an additional 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.

Partner Protocols

Our on-site service partners are equally dedicated to the health and safety of our clients and guests. Please see their detailed cleaning and safety protocols, which will be updated as State and County guidance evolves:

Centerplate Food & Beverage Protocols339.88 KB

Digital Conventions Protocols2.9 MB 

ON Site Audio Visual Protocols90.18 KB

Smart City Technology Protocols1.29 MB

COVID-19 Community Response

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Diego Convention Center has 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.

We have prepared detailed cleaning and maintenance plans to support our transition from these emergency uses to regular event activity. Following the closure of the emergency intake site in July, an extensive third-party cleaning and disinfecting process will be completed throughout our building. This process will meet or exceed standards of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) and comply with CDC guidance for providing clean and sanitary environments.

After the third party completes their work, our SDCC team will conduct an additional deep-cleaning process to guarantee we are ready to begin welcoming events and attendees back to our premier gathering place.