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 expect to reopen for events in August 2021. The State of California recently announced initial 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.

Reopening Resources

Our Reopening Guide contains information about social distancing, infection prevention, PPE, health monitoring and additional industry best practices we are implementing at our facility. Please consider this guide to be in draft form as we await further guidance from state public health officials.

Reopening Guide5.68 MB 

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 are 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. We are evolving these plans as new information becomes available to us and as we continue preparing to reopen for events.

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:

San Diego Convention Center Reopening Guide5.68 MB 

Centerplate Food & Beverage Protocols339.88 KB

Digital Conventions Protocols2.9 MB 

ON Site Audio Visual Protocols90.18 KB

Smart City Technology Protocols2.38 MB

FedEX Office Business Center Protocols41.31 KB

COVID-19 Community Response

On April 1, 2020, several of our exhibit halls began serving as temporary homeless shelters in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable individuals in our region. Together with our partners at the City of San Diego, we will ensure a smooth transition from the temporary shelter project to our event activities.

Following the closure of the shelter in March 2021, an extensive third-party cleaning and disinfecting process will be completed throughout all our spaces where the shelter is operating. 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 and disinfecting process to guarantee we are ready to begin welcoming events and attendees back to our premier gathering place.