Reopening FAQs

We are now open for events and look forward to seeing you here in San Diego! This page will continue to be updated based on public health guidance.

California Department of Public Health recent updates:

  • Beginning January 15, 2022: For events with 500+ attendees (previously 1,000+ attendees), all attendees will need to provide either proof of full vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 test to enter the event. Testing must be conducted within 1 day for an antigen test and 2 days for a PCR test.
  • All adult attendees must provide I.D. to confirm the individual presenting proof of vaccination or negative test is the attendee entering the facility or venue.
  • The testing requirement exempts children under 2 years of age.
  • Masks are required in all indoor public settings, regardless of an individual's vaccination status, through February 15, 2022.


Masks & Face Coverings

Are masks required?

The California Department of Public Health is requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status, through February 15, 2022.

See CDPH's overview and Q&A for exceptions and details.


What are the attendance limits and restrictions for conventions?

For indoor events with 500 or more attendees, the following public health guidance applies:

  • Verification of fully vaccinated status or pre-entry negative test result is required of all participants. 
  • Information will be prominently placed on all communications, including the reservation and ticketing systems, to ensure guests are aware of testing and vaccination requirements (including acceptable modes of verification).
  • Attendees must follow CDPH Guidance for Face Coverings.

Vaccinations Guidelines

What is the definition of "fully vaccinated"?

People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19: two weeks or more after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks or more after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen). 

See CDPH Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Persons for additional information.

Vaccinations & Testing Logistics

What is acceptable verification of vaccination?

Per CDPH guidance, the following are acceptable as proof of full vaccination: 

  • Vaccination card (which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided and date last dose administered); OR 
  • Photo of a vaccination card as a separate document; OR 
  • Photo of the attendee's vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device; OR 
  • Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider; OR
  • Digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays to the reader client name, date of birth, vaccine dates and vaccine type; OR
  • Documentation of vaccination from other contracted employers who follow these vaccination records guidelines and standards.

Additional Health & Safety Protocols

How has the San Diego Convention Center enhanced its cleaning and ventilation protocols in advance of reopening?

Since March 2020, we have worked closely with City, County, and Federal public health officials to support a healthy environment for emergency response efforts that have taken place in our building during the pandemic. With their guidance, we enhanced our cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention protocols, and conducted extensive employee training. Having supported continuous, 24/7 activities within our building for well over a year, we will have one of the most experienced teams in the country when events resume.

Our systems are carefully managed to provide the appropriate amount of indoor air circulation and proper outside makeup air. We have also installed additional hand sanitizer stations and hygiene reminder signage throughout the building.

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.


Are people outside of California allowed to travel to be here?

There aren't restrictions on traveling to San Diego or California from other states in the United States. See California’s current travel recommendations and Visit California’s FAQs.

Destination: San Diego

Is San Diego hospitality staff (e.g., those at restaurants, hotels, and attractions) required to be vaccinated prior to coming back to work? What about those working conventions?

In San Diego County, approximately 88% of the eligible population (over age 5) has had at least one vaccine dose and 78% are fully vaccinated. The San Diego Convention Center has provided several opportunities for employees to be vaccinated onsite. Additional employee and business partner protocols will be determined based on ongoing data and consultation with health officials.

There is no State mandate for all hospitality and event employees to be vaccinated. San Diego’s hospitality industry has implemented best-in-class safety protocols, including enhanced cleaning and staff training, and have been successfully hosting leisure guests since last summer.

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