Philadelphia’s mask mandate comes with a caveat for conventions
Philadelphia Health Commissioner Cheryl Bettigole’s announcement last week that, beginning April 18, masks must be worn in hotels, restaurants, stores and other indoor public places, will likely affect two conventions and exhibits. plus other upcoming public events at the Pennsylvania Convention Center by the end of May.
First, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons is expected to hold AANS 2022 at the facility from April 29 to May 2, with up to 7,000 attendees. But while the mask mandate will require attendees and exhibitors to wear masks at Philadelphia airport, in their hotel, in restaurants and elsewhere in public, show management doesn’t necessarily need to require masks. masks in their educational sessions, in their pre-function areas, and on the show floor. The reason: The health commissioner’s rule makes an exception to the mask mandate for businesses that require proof of vaccination to enter their spaces. According to the AANS 2022 website, attendees must be vaccinated to attend the conference.
On April 18, an employee of the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s convention sales team told MeetingsNet that for event groups using the facility that require proof of vaccinations for all attendees, the mask mandate does not apply. will only apply in public areas that the meeting host does not have exclusive control over. . “It’s up to each event to decide if they want to require masks in their own spaces,” the employee said.
The other big business gathering soon to take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is CPhI North America, a pharmaceutical industry event that could draw up to 8,000 attendees May 17-19. According to the event’s website, the trade show owner Informa Markets will not be requiring attendees to show proof of vaccination to attend. And according to the set of health and safety protocols the show uses – known as Informa AllSecure – “pParticipants and staff at all Informa events will be asked to use personal protective equipment in accordance with advice from local government and health authorities. This may include wearing a face covering and using gloves or face shields in certain roles.