Reopening FAQs

We are looking forward to welcoming meetings and events back to San Diego!

The following answers reflect the information we have available to us as of April 21, 2021. We will update and clarify this information as we receive further details from our State and County officials. We expect to have further guidance from the California Department of Public Health soon.

Timing & Tiers

When is the California’s economy scheduled to fully reopen?

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on April 6, 2021, that the State’s economy would reopen on June 15, 2021, if successful vaccination efforts continue, and hospitalization rates remain low.

See the April 6 Beyond the Blueprint memo.

Attendance Limits

What are the attendance limits for conventions, and when will they be lifted?

From June 15 through October 1, conventions are limited to 5,000 attendees unless attendees can verify vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result. If the testing or vaccination verification criteria are met, there is no limit on number of attendees.

The State foresees lifting restrictions on the number of attendees on October 1.

Vaccinations & Testing Guidelines

Is COVID-19 testing or a vaccine necessary if you are traveling to California for an event?

Between June 15 and October 1, if an event has 5,000 or fewer attendees then there is no testing or vaccine verification requirement for domestic (non-international) attendees. If there are more than more than 5,000 attendees, there must either be testing or vaccination verification. After October 1, these criteria will no longer be required.

Vaccinations & Testing Logistics

Who will be responsible for the vaccination verification or onsite testing?

While we are waiting for clarification from the State, it is our understanding that it will be the responsibility of the show organizer or meeting planner.

We expect to have further guidance on this matter soon.

Additional Health & Safety Protocols

Do you see the SDCC requiring face coverings regardless of the State's requirements through the end of the year?

We plan to follow State and County guidelines we do not plan to implement additional requirements beyond those. Meeting planners can choose to have additional protocols for their specific events.

Travel

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

There are no 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?

The San Diego Convention Center has provided several opportunities for employees to be vaccinated onsite at the Center. 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.