h+h americas 2022 Health & Safety

PLANNING FOR
h+h americas 2022

h+h americas 2022 is coming to Rosemont for a live, in-person event. The leading U.S. and global media, top retailers and industry leaders will join us at the Donald E. Stephens Convention and Conference Center in Rosemont, June 22-24, 2022.

Your health and safety are very important to us. We are actively tracking all emerging news and science around the new Omicron variant. While it is too early to determine the impact of this latest variant, we will continue to monitor and adjust our plans and health protocols, as necessary.

h+h americas also continues to monitor guidelines for health safety measures from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and our local Cook County. h+h americas will follow applicable federal, state and local laws, adapting h+h americas plans accordingly and sharing updates with you and other h+h americas audiences. We are also working closely with the Rosemont community, including the Rosemont Convention and Visitors Bureau, exhibit venues and hotels, and if they adjust their plans, we will communicate that as well.

The details below are just some of the precautions we will implement for h+h americas. We will continue to evaluate and expand our health safety protocols as medical recommendations evolve and will keep this page updated.

Current as of January 13, 2022

Before You Leave Home!

h+h americas encourages attendees to:

  • Ensure you have your proof of vaccination documentation. Download proof of vaccination (U.S.based attendees only)
  • Get your COVID-19 booster shot.
  • Get your flu shot.
  • Test for COVID-19.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT h+h americas

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

  • h+h americas attendees need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to complete the registration process.
  • All exhibitor personnel and all attendees are strongly recommended to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated or recovered within the last 3 months before show opening. Vaccines must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO). A list of approved vaccines can be found here.
  • h+h americas will provide a secure platform to collect proof of vaccination or recovery documents. Documents will have to be uploaded during the online registration process. Our registration link will be open in March 2022.
  • ​Once your status has been approved and you have been admitted to the show, you will not need to verify your vaccination status again.​
  • Detailed information on h+h americas proof of COVID-19 vaccination process can be found here.
  • Once you have provided your proof of vaccination and picked up your badge, you will not need to verify your vaccination status again.

If the individual is unable or unwilling to provide proof of vaccination:

  • Proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test Result within five days of attending the show*.
    • Two types of Negative COVID-19 tests are acceptable: polymerase chain reaction referred to as “PCR” (also called diagnostic or molecular), or rapid antigen test (also referred to as a “rapid test”).
    • Either of the following will be accepted for entry (when accompanied by a valid government issued photo ID):
      • Electronic proof of a Negative test result through a Show Management approved app, or
      • A printed or digital copy of your Negative COVID -19 test results, written in English, that indicates the type of test administered (PCR or Antigen) and has your name and the date the test was administered.

*PLEASE NOTE: Per the CDC, Negative COVID-19 test results are valid for 5 days (120 hours), meaning that the Negative test must have been completed no earlier than Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in order to be accepted for entry for all three show days.

Health Screenings and Services

  • Our goal is to be considerate of all h+h americas attendees, including international travelers from different countries who may live with different laws and protocols, including masking. We will follow health & safety regulations and masking policies required by local authorities at the time of our event. Please continue to check back for updates.
  • h+h americas will provide on-site access to health services and medical aid for those who may need it.
  • Masks are required indoors in the State of Illinois. h+h americas attendees will be required to wear masks as follows:
    • In exhibit booths and indoor exhibit facilities.
    • In conference and keynote rooms.
  • Masks are optional when outside. h+h america’s will provide masks to those who may need one.
  • h+h americas will provide on-site access to health services and medical aid for those who may need it.
  • h+h americas attendees are encouraged to download the COVID-19 Trace app developed by the Illinois Department of Public Health Services. The mobile application uses a technology called the Exposure Notifications System from Google and Apple. Learn more here www.dph.illinois.gov.

Healthy Venues

  • Effective January 3, 2022 – Cook County requires all patrons age 5 and older to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear a mask to visit this location.
  • Valid Forms of Verification Include:
    • Valid photo ID (age 16+) and
    • Vaccination card Photocopy of vaccination card
    • Digital record or app or
    • Printed record from vaccine provider
  • h+h americas official exhibit venues have improved their ventilation systems and increased outside air flow.
  • Donald E. Stephens Convention and Conference Center in Rosemont has Committed Locations to the Global Biorisk Advisory Council GBAC STAR™ certification by ISSA. This accreditation means the properties are using cleaning protocols and work practices to minimize risks associated with infectious diseases.
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Conference Area and Meeting Spacing

  • Chairs will be set to allow social distancing. We will follow appropriate guidelines.
  • Meeting rooms and executive suite participants will be asked to follow show rules and local guidance with respect to social distancing.

Wider Aisles

  • We have maintained a minimum exhibit hall design with 10-foot aisles to allow physical distancing while allowing for bi-directional traffic in the exhibit floor aisles.
  • The public areas and entry points at venues will respect social distancing.

Food and Beverage Precautions

  • Catering and concession outlets in h+h americas venues will follow health and safety precautions including adequate spacing to promote social distancing and pre-packaged food options.

Healthy Habits

  • Hand sanitization stations will be placed throughout the venue to encourage frequent hand sanitization.
  • We will issue best practices for attendees that include alternatives to handshaking and for exhibitor’s product demonstrations.

This is just a sample of the initiatives currently underway – others are under consideration. We will continue to provide updates to exhibitors and attendees.

TRAVEL TO THE U.S.

(As of January 4, 2022)

All travelers to the U.S. must show proof of full vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 1 day prior to boarding their flight to the U.S. Those traveling by land do not need to provide a negative test. For purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA-approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. Existing visa policies remain in place. Please check back regularly for the latest information.

Please visit the CDC website for more information on testing and entry requirements regarding international travel.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EXHIBITORS 

Below are some recommendations and considerations as you begin to plan your h+h americas exhibit experience:

  • Communicate the proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirement to your staff. We strongly recommend that all attendees, support staff, and exhibitor staff are fully vaccinated.
  • If the individual is unable or unwilling to provide proof of vaccination, we will accept proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within five days of attending the show.
  • Ensure your booth has plenty of hand sanitizer that is visible and easily accessible.
  • Ensure your booth design can accommodate proper social distancing. This includes designated entrances and exits, one directional traffic flow within your booth, and socially distanced seating in demo/presentation areas with an access-control monitor.
  • Frequent booth/product cleaning including regular disinfecting of surfaces and wiping down high-touch items.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to welcoming you to h+h americas in June. We have a strong and constantly expanding lineup of exhibitors and speakers ready to showcase their latest innovations!

HOW TO PROVIDE PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION OR NEGATIVE TEST RESULTS

How to Provide Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

As part of the registration process, attendees will upload a copy of their vaccine records. Photocopies will be accepted. Digital vaccination certificates and mobile applications that many countries have issued will also be accepted. Vaccine records must clearly state the following:

  • Full name
  • Type of vaccine administered
  • Date of when the vaccine was received
  • Location where vaccine was administered

Important: buying, selling, or using a fraudulent vaccination card is a state and federal crime.

In addition to providing a copy of their vaccine record during registration, attendees will need to provide a government-issued photo ID that matches the name on their h+h americas registration confirmation to pick up their h+h americas 2022 badge.

How to Provide Proof of negative COVID-19 test results

  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result is valid within five days of attending the show*.
    Two types of negative COVID-19 tests are acceptable: polymerase chain reaction referred to as “PCR” (also called diagnostic or molecular), or rapid antigen test (also referred to as a “rapid test”).
    • Either of the following will be accepted for entry (when accompanied by a valid government issued photo ID):
      • Electronic proof of a Negative test result through h+h americas registration system, or
      • A printed or digital copy of your Negative COVID -19 test results, written in English, that indicates the type of test administered (PCR or Antigen) and has your name and the date the test was administered. (Onsite only.)

*PLEASE NOTE: Per the CDC, Negative COVID-19 test results are valid for 5 days (120 hours), meaning that the Negative test must have been completed no earlier than Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in order to be accepted for entry for all three show days.

In addition to providing a copy of their negative test results to complete their registration, attendees will need to provide a government-issued photo ID that matches the name on their h+h americas registration to pick up their h+h americas 2022 badge.

Frequently Asked Questions 

All attendees, exhibitors, and media must show proof of vaccination in order to attend h+h americas in Rosemont. Find answers to frequently asked questions below. This page will be updated on a regular basis.