Nevada has loosened its gathering size restrictions, allowing meetings and conventions to increase capacity to 50 percent.
The new gathering size will allow two large scheduled meetings to move forward if they choose: World of Concrete and IMEX America.
Along with the gathering size changes, the state will also streamline the process for submission and approval of large gatherings. The new directive requires meetings, trade shows, and entertainment venues to complete and submit a Large Gathering COVID-19 Preparedness & Safety Plan Certification Form (“Large Gathering Certification”). This form is used to certify through the state’s Department of Business and Industry that events will follow the state’s health and safety requirements and protocols and adhere to the prevention principles that have remained consistent—maintain safe social distancing, wear face coverings, and practice good hygiene and cleaning measures.
In addition to gathering size and certification changes, Governor Steve Sisolak has expanded vaccine eligibility to hospitality and food service workers. Additionally, through a variety of “Vegas Smart” measures, the destination has taken a comprehensive approach of implementing stringent health, wellness and safety protocols.
The first citywide convention in Las Vegas will be World of Concrete, June 8-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It will also be the debut show at the Convention Center’s new $989 million West Hall. The organizer, Informa Markets, this week confirmed plans for several other Las Vegas events throughout the rest of this year, including WasteExpo in June, the International Roofing Expo in August and the International Sanitary Supply Association Expo in November.
In addition, IMEX America is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas Nov. 9-11, 2021 at the Mandalay Bay. The event, which normally brings more than 13,000 attendees to Las Vegas, is currently being planned with the hopes that gathering size restrictions will be further eased for meetings by the end of the year.