The IMEX Group has published its full covid-safety plans and entry requirements for the 10th edition of IMEX America in November at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. Following a recent trend in North America for event organizers to produce covid-safe events to an ‘unofficial gold standard’, the IMEX team has confirmed that all participants must provide proof of full vaccination against covid-19 to gain entry to the show.
IMEX will be using the commonly used Clear Health Pass app for all North American attendees. Clear is used for identity verification at airports throughout the US and has partnered with venues in Las Vegas, including Mandalay Bay, as well as having been adopted by event organizers across the country. According to IMEX, there will be a different process for use by international attendees.
The Clear app offers validated, onscreen proof of full vaccination status against the World Health Organization’s list of approved vaccines. IMEX will not have access to the personal health records of attendees as that data remains anonymous and private, the organizers say. International attendees will be able to submit their vaccine status to an equally secure portal prior to the event to gain vaccine certification.
IMEX will also be providing a health clinic onsite, together with access to testing stations for homeward bound international travellers whose travel providers require them to show a negative test before departure.
“We’ve consulted widely about this decision and have been watching the events landscape in North America very closely these past weeks, IMEX Group CEO, Carina Bauer says. The requirement for participants to prove their full vaccination status is fast becoming the unofficial ‘gold standard’ for large events in the US. Now that we’ve published our plans, we hope that everyone has enough time and space to make their own arrangements to attend the show.“