Health & Safety

HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS

The safety and well-being of our attendees, partners, exhibitors, site workers and staff remains our top priority. As we get closer to returning to an in-person show in Orlando, we continue to update our health and safety policies for the upcoming Design & Construction Week based upon current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state of Florida and local Orlando health authorities. We will continue to monitor their recommendations and will update relevant information as needed. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Orlando for an incredible show experience.

The Updated Health and Safety Protocol for DCW, which includes KBIS and IBS, is the following:

All registered attendees and exhibitors are required to provide:

  • Proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test Result within five days of attending the show*.
    • Two types of Negative COVID-19 tests are acceptable: polymerase chain reaction referred to as “PCR” (also called diagnostic or molecular), or rapid antigen test (also referred to as a “rapid test”).
    • Either of the following will be accepted for entry (when accompanied by a valid government issued photo ID):
      • Electronic proof of a Negative test result through a Show Management approved app, or
      • A printed or digital copy of your Negative COVID -19 test results, written in English, that indicates the type of test administered (PCR or Antigen) and has your name and the date the test was administered.

*PLEASE NOTE: Per the CDC, Negative COVID-19 test results are valid for 5 days (120 hours), meaning that the Negative test must have been completed no earlier than Sunday, February 6, 2022, in order to be accepted for entry for all three show days. Testing sites may be found HERE.

If the individual is unable or unwilling to provide proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test Result:

  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to entry will suffice.
  • Per the CDC, US domestic residents are fully vaccinated if they have completed two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The CDC has also indicated that it will consider international travelers who have completed full regimens of vaccines approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization as fully vaccinated.
  • Either of the following will be accepted for entry (when accompanied by a valid government issued photo ID):
    • A CDC Vaccination Card (a photo or photocopy of your card is also valid, as is digital documentation via a mobile device), or
    • A Government Issued Vaccination Record in English (paper, electronic, or photo).

In addition, all registered attendees and exhibitors are:

Required to wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status when riding on an Official Show Hotel Shuttle and when indoors at the OCCC from move-in through move-out and at other show related venues. Masks will be available at the OCCC if needed.

The Orange County Convention Center has established safety measures for visitors including cleaning and hand sanitizer stations throughout the center. More information is available here.

We are continuously monitoring guidance from the CDC and local health authorities and reserve the right to adjust the shows’ health & safety protocols as relevant recommendations and tradeshow industry standards evolve.

The information on this page is current as of October 19, 2021.

 

FAQ’s

COVID-19 Protocols

Will proof of a Negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination be required to attend?

All attendees and exhibitors must provide Proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test Result within five days of attending the show.*
If the individual is unable or unwilling to provide proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test Result proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to entry will suffice. 

*PLEASE NOTE: Per the CDC, Negative COVID-19 test results are valid for 5 days (120 hours), meaning that the Negative test must have been completed no earlier than Sunday, February 6, 2022, in order to be accepted for entry for all three show days.  Testing sites may be found HERE.

What type of tests will be accepted?

Two types of Negative COVID-19 tests are acceptable:  polymerase chain reaction referred to as “PCR” (also called diagnostic or molecular tests), or rapid antigen test (also referred to as a “rapid test”).  Either of the following will be accepted for entry (when accompanied by a valid government issued photo ID):

  • Electronic proof of a Negative test result through a Show Management approved app, or
  • A printed or digital copy of your Negative COVID -19 test results, written in English, that indicates the type of test administered (PCR or Antigen) and has your name and the date the test was administered.
I’ve been vaccinated but forgot or lost my vaccine card, now what?

If you are unable to provide an electronic copy or verification through our 3rd party provider, you will not be eligible to take advantage of this alternative option and will have to provide proof of a Negative COVID-19 test in accordance with the policy.

How long before I come to the show will my test need to be administered?

Per the CDC, Negative COVID-19 test results are valid for 5 days (120 hours), meaning that the Negative test must have been completed no earlier than Sunday, February 6, 2022, in order to be accepted for entry for all three show days. 

What if my test is administered more than 5 days before the show?

If your test is administered more than 5 days prior to your intended date of entry into the show you will be required to re-test prior to being admitted to the Orange County Convention Center.

Where can I go to get a test administered? Will tests be administered on-site?

IBS and KBIS are exploring the feasibility of offering limited testing on-site.  If testing is offered on site, the individual will be responsible for all applicable costs associated with testing. Local testing sites may be found HERE.

What should I do if I test positive for Covid-19 while at the Show?

Attendees who test positive for COVID-19 while attending the show should not come to the Convention Center and should seek professional medical assistance.  IBS and KBIS are currently exploring options with Orlando Health to provide access to their TeleHealth service for IBS and KBIS attendees and exhibitors.

If I test positive during the Show will my registration fees be refunded?

All requests for refunds due to COVID-19 positive test results during the show must be received in writing by February 18, 2022 via email at kbis@maritz.com to be considered.

Which vaccinations will be accepted as a substitute for a negative test?

IBS and KBIS will accept all vaccines approved by the FDA or WHO or approved by the FDA or WHO for emergency use against COVID. A list of approved vaccines can be found here.

Will I be required to have a booster shot as part of my proof of vaccination?

No, at this time, the CDC has yet to issue formal guidance on boosters and many countries will implement their own policies regarding booster shots. IBS and KBIS are closely monitoring the situation, but at this time a booster shot is not required to attend IBS or KBIS.  

What type of proof is acceptable for a Negative test? For a vaccine?

Negative Test:

  • Either of the following will be accepted for entry (when accompanied by a valid government issued photo ID):
    • Electronic proof of a Negative test result through a Show Management approved app, or
    • A printed or digital copy of your Negative COVID-19 test results, written in English, that indicates the type of test administered (PCR or Antigen) and has your name and the date the test was administered.

Vaccine:

  • Either of the following will be accepted for entry (when accompanied by a valid government issued photo ID):
    • A CDC Vaccination Card (a photo or photocopy of your card is also valid, as is digital documentation via a mobile device), or
    • A Government Issued Vaccination Record in English (paper, electronic, or photo).
What app(s) is approved for proof of Negative COVID-19 test and/or vaccination?

Show management is in the process of determining which app(s) it will accept for proof of negative test and/or vaccination.

Will face masks be mandatory at IBS & KBIS?

Yes, all attendees, exhibitors, contractors, laborers, etc. are required to wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status when riding on an Official Show Hotel Shuttle and when indoors at the OCCC from move-in through move-out and at other show related venues.

Where do I have to wear a mask?

All attendees, exhibitors, contractors, laborers, etc. are required to wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status when riding on an Official Show Hotel Shuttle and when indoors at the OCCC from move-in through move-out and at other show related venues.

What is the health & safety protocol for show-related events held outside of the OCCC?

Health & safety protocols will be set by the event host or the location and may vary.

What if I’ve recently recovered from COVID-19 and am unable to provide proof of a Negative test?

People who have recovered from COVID-19 can continue to test positive for up to 3 months after their infection. CDC does not recommended retesting within 3 months after a person with COVID-19 first developed symptoms (or the date of their first positive viral diagnostic test if their infection was asymptomatic). As such, IBS and KBIS will accept a letter of clearance from a medical professional indicating that the individual has recovered from COVID within the previous 90 days to gain entry to the shows.

Will a single dose of an approved vaccine be accepted?

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to entry is required as an option to a Negative Test result. Per the CDC, US domestic residents are fully vaccinated if they have completed two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The CDC has also indicated that it will consider international travelers who have completed full regimens of vaccines approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization as fully vaccinated. 

How often will proof of vaccine need to be checked to enter the Orange County Convention Center?

If you are choosing to provide proof of vaccination as an alternative to the Negative Test requirement you will need to show proof each time you exit and then re-enter the convention center.  Use of the show management approved app(s) will allow for the speediest re-entry.

Expo Hall

Will COVID-19 Protocols affect exhibit hall hours or layout?

The decision to require proof of a negative test or proof of vaccination will not impact the expo hall access, hours or layout.

Will show attendees have to register for the specific day they are planning to attend to keep crowds down?

No, attendees will not register for access to the exhibit floor on specific days. All registration types will allow for access on all three show days.

Will booths be decreased in size to allow for wider aisles or two-way traffic down aisles, and/or will you set up one-way aisles?

Booths will not be redrawn or adjusted to allow for wider aisles or traffic flow management. One-way aisles will not be implemented by IBS and the NKBA Kitchen and Bath Industry Show® (KBIS).

Do you anticipate that the allowed time for set up and dismantle will be lengthened, or affected in any way?

No, currently we do not foresee any changes to the set up and dismantle schedule. We are working closely with Freeman and will notify exhibitors of any changes.

Space Cancellation & Refunds

What is the refund deadline if I no longer wish to exhibit?

After June 15, 2021 if an exhibitor withdraws their application to exhibit the exhibitor shall forfeit all monies paid. Requests to withdraw must be submitted via email to your Account Executive.

Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)

Will food and beverages be available for purchase in the OCCC?

Yes, there will be food and beverage options available for purchase throughout the convention center as well as menus for in-booth catering. Outside food and beverages continue to be prohibited.

What health and safety measures does the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) have in place?

Orange County Convention Center Guidelines require all convention center employees in public facing positions to be fully vaccinated and follow IBS and KBIS mask guidelines. 

The OCCC has adopted a three-pronged strategy to prioritize your health and safety: 

  • OCCC Operational Procedures and Guidelines: Developed in consultation with Orange County’s Health Department, these data-driven guidelines provide a framework to prevent risk and protect clients, guests and attendees. 
  • Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR Accreditation: The OCCC was one of the first convention centers to receive the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation on outbreak prevention, response and recovery. Recognized as the gold standard of safe venues, the OCCC is one of the largest venues in the nation to receive the GBAC STAR™ accreditation.  This enables the OCCC to establish and maintain a comprehensive cleaning, disinfection, and infectious diseases prevention program to control and minimize risk associated with infectious agents for employees, guests, and the surrounding community.  Medical Concierge Program with Orlando Health and Visit Orlando: The first of its kind in the country, providing personalized medical services and resources to all meetings and convention groups holding events at the OCCC.

Official Show Hotels

What are the health and safety protocols at my hotel?

Stay up to date on the health and safety protocols and COVID-19 precautions in place for the 2022 KBIS Official Hotels in Orlando.

KBIS PARTNERS WITH EPISTEMIX

KBIS is partnering with Epitsemix, a modeling system that predicts the progression of disease outbreaks. Emerald (KBIS show producers), in conjunction with the NKBA, will leverage their statistical platform to better understand the impact of COVID-19 in Orlando so we are able to make informed decisions on the health and safety of our community at KBIS 2022.

ABOUT EPISTEMIX

Epistemix is a leading provider of analytical tools that empower leaders to make better decisions by simulating how diseases, ideas, and behavior spread through populations. We leverage decades of epidemiological experience, diverse datasets, realistic population dynamics, and scientific best-practice to build computational models that forecast the impacts of policy interventions, so that organizations can take informed action.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Orange Country Convention Center

Following a three-pronged strategy, the OCCC phased in modified operations by implementing the OCCC’s Recovery and Resiliency Guidelines, achieving Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s (GBAC) Star Accreditation and began a pioneering collaboration with Orlando Health for a new medical concierge program that provides an industry-defining standard on how conventions will operate in the future.

Orlando International Airport

Orlando International Airport has created a safety video with information about what you can expect when you visit. Orlando International Airport has also taken steps to further enhance the safety of travelers and airport employees by requiring that all 22,000 badged airport employees wear facial coverings inside airport public areas. Badged personnel will also maintain social distancing, as directed by the CDC, wherever practicable. Additionally, MCO has added personal protective equipment (PPE) vending machines that give the traveling public easy access to a variety of face masks, hand sanitizers and similar equipment. Learn more.

Covid-19 testing is available at Orlando International Airport, Monday-Friday from 7:30am-5:00pm and Saturday-Sunday from 7:30am-7:00pm. The AdventHealth clinic is located in the West Hall, opposite the security checkpoint for Gates 1-59 and offers both rapid RT-PCR testing and rapid-result antigen testing. The rapid RT-PCR test is subject to availability.

Orlando International Airport: Operational Update

Orlando Sanford International Airport: COVID-19 Monitoring

Testing

Orange County Government Health Services Department continues to make COVID-19 testing and vaccinations easily accessible for residents. Orange County’s free drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination and drive-thru COVID-19 testing services are available seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other free vaccination and testing sites are also available. Individuals may select only one type of test, Molecular PCR or Rapid Antigen, per day. For more information, visit ocfl.net/Testing, and click on #1 on the map.

Helpful Links

CDC Travel FAQs: FAQ for Travelers

For Florida-specific information, the Florida Department of Health update: Important Update on COVID-19 cases in Florida The department has a dedicated COVID-19 Call Center at +1 866-779-6121 or you can email COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

For local information, the Orange County health update: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

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