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Safety First Commitment

Welcoming You Back Safely

As we prepare to welcome the manufacturing community back to our events this fall, SME’s health and safety guidelines are our focus to ensure you enjoy the best possible event experience.

We are actively working with facilities and our vendor partners to provide a safe environment for successful events. Recently, many event cities and convention venues have announced new policies and procedures which SME has adopted. To provide greater clarity as we approach the fall, we have created specific guidelines for our SME US Events and SME Canada.

Policy Updates

Your safety guides our decisions as we design the right experience based on the current environment.

Currently Los Angeles County (home of WESTEC and AeroDef), the City of Chicago (home of FABTECH and RAPID + TCT), and the Province of Ontario currently require mask wearing.

SME will continue to monitor federal, state/province and local COVID-19 requirements and update our approach as needed. We will keep exhibitors, attendees, staff, and vendors up to date with new developments to ensure a coordinated effort and a safe environment for all.

Your Safety Is Our Priority

Your health and safety are important to us. We have guidelines in place and are working with our event facilities across the US and Canada to ensure your visit to an SME event is as safe as possible.

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SME US Events Health and Safety Guidelines

SME US Events Health and Safety Guidelines

  • Designated first aid area for any immediate needs or medical issues.
  • Hand sanitizer stations located throughout the facility.
  • Encouraged social distancing in small areas.
  • Updated air filtration systems.
  • GBAC Certified cleaning practices.
  • Food and beverage services and cleaning policies to ensure food safety.

The following personal items will now apply.

  • Face masks are not required for vaccinated individuals in Texas, South Carolina, or Massachusetts. For shows in California or Chicago, face masks are required for all individuals regardless of vaccination status.
  • Proof of vaccination is not currently required.
  • Temperature screenings and COVID-19 questionnaires are not currently required.

Health and Safety Frequently Asked Questions – US Events

Exhibitor Frequently Asked Questions

Attendee Frequently Asked Questions

SME Canada Events Health and Safety Guidelines

SME Canada Events Health and Safety Guidelines

  • Designated first aid area for any immediate needs or medical issues.
  • Hand sanitizer stations located throughout the facility.
  • Updated air filtration systems.
  • GBAC Certified cleaning practices.
  • Food and beverage services and cleaning policies to ensure food safety.

The following personal items will now apply.

  • Face masks are required for all event participants.
  • Social distancing will be encouraged.
  • Proof of vaccination is required in Toronto (Mississauga), Ontario.
  • Temperature screenings and COVID-19 questionnaires may be required.

Health and Safety Frequently Asked Questions – SME Canada 

Exhibitor Frequently Asked Questions

Attendee Frequently Asked Questions