September 7, 2021

Industrial Fabrics Association International is pleased to re-confirm that the 100th in-person IFAI Expo will occur in-person, as planned, on November 2-4, 2021, with education starting on November 1.

IFAI leadership and conference management team continues to keep in close, constant communication with the Music City Center (MCC), local government and health authorities, and other local venues as necessary, to make the very best decisions as it pertains to health and safety measures for the in-person event.

We have also worked closely with attendees, exhibitors, and the industry at large to gauge their commitment to IFAI Expo, including their interest and willingness to travel-health and safety measures they feel most comfortable with—in order to establish best practices. IFAI has received attendee research from Freeman Research Group. We will continue to engage with all stakeholders up until the show and make adjustments if necessary.

The results and conversations have yielded the same feedback: the show must go on.

Some key feedback from these conversations and surveys include:

  • 84% of those surveyed are already fully vaccinated
  • 78% of previous Expo attendees are planning to attend in November
  • Event registration is trending within 10% of 2019 numbers
  • Health and safety at IFAI Expo is a significant factor in the decision to attend in 2021

Health and Safety Measures for All Attendees and Exhibitors

IFAI Expo’s venue, Music City Center in Nashville, TN USA, was one of the first convention centers to receive the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation on outbreak prevention, response and recovery.

As a division of the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA), GBAC STAR™ is an industry accreditation that provides third-party validation to ensure the implementation of rigorous protocols in response to biorisk situations. Focused on ensuring a clean, safe and healthy environment, the program establishes requirements to assist venues by providing best practices, protocols and procedures to control risks associated with the COVID-19 virus.

Additionally, the following health and safety measures will be in place for IFAI Expo. Keep in mind, as this is a fluid situation, this may be updated at any time leading up to the event:

  • Hand sanitizer stations throughout classrooms, concourses and the exhibit halls.  Frequent sanitizing, and hand washing, are encouraged.
  • 6-foot physical distancing in registration lines and other queues.
  • Physical distancing at banquet tables / education rooms where feasible (i.e. 4 or 6 chairs per banquet table, 3-6 feet per chair in classrooms).  Physical distancing will be encouraged.
  • We will offer color-coded stickers to place on badges and signage, indicating contact comfort levels (i.e. red = please keep distance; yellow = no physical contact; green = handshakes, hugs, etc. welcome)
  • There will be plexi barriers at registration, the exhibit halls welcome desk, exhibit sales booth, and other “customer service” touch points between IFAI and attendees. Exhibitors are free to implement similar measures in their own spaces, if they so choose.
  • Food and beverage options may be limited and served in accordance with convention center policies to limit high touch points.
  • We will follow CDC guidance on masks including abundant signage throughout the building explaining.  Mask will be optional for vaccinated attendees; we urge unvaccinated attendees to please wear masks.
    • Masks will be REQUIRED for Convention Center banquet staff and other staff that operate within our contracted space.
  • We recommend those planning to attend/exhibit at the Expo please be fully vaccinated. While we respect everyone’s personal choice in this matter, and we will not ask for proof of vaccination, for your safety and the safety of all, please consider vaccination.
  • We ask that if you aren’t feeling well to please remain home.

We will continue to publish updates to the health and safety measures planned for the event via email and on the IFAIExpo.com website. Please continue to check back for more updates.

NOTE: This COVID-19 mitigation plan is subject to change as new information is learned and official policies and guidelines are updated.

For questions or comments about health and safety at IFAI Expo 2021, please contact us at events@ifai.com.