Be Well Agreement
Any public space where other people are present holds an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. By attending this event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure and should take the recommended precautions while at the event. Please do not attend any NACS events if you feel ill or had recent exposure to a COVID-19 case.
NACS strongly recommends that all attendees, exhibitors, and booth personnel get vaccinated if they are able. Bring a copy (or photo) of your vaccination card with you when you travel.
Signs You Should Stay Home/at the Hotel
People with coronavirus/COVID have had a wide range of symptoms ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. If you are experiencing any of the following please refrain from attending any events associated with the NACS Show or engaging with the public other than to seek medical care:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Excessive Fatigue
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
NACS asks that if an attendee is not feeling well or displaying any of the symptoms above, to please reconsider travel to the NACS Show and the Chicago area.
What To Do If You Are Experiencing Symptoms On-Site?
- First and foremost, don’t go to McCormick Place and/or NACS events
- Stay in or return to your hotel room, except to seek medical care
- Notify your HR Department immediately for further guidance on company policy
What To Do If You Want To Have a Test While In Chicago?
Below are locations identified in near McCormick Place that offer rapid COVID-19 Antigen testing and PCR Based testing. Individual insurances vary.
Loop Medical Center
1921 S. Michigan Ave.
Monday-Friday – 7a – 5p
Sat-Sun – 8a – 12p
On Duty Urgent Care
2112 S. Michigan Ave.
Monday-Friday – 8a – 8p
Sat-Sun, Holiday – 8a – 4p
1605 S. Michigan Ave.
Monday-Wednesday – 8a – 8p
Saturday-Sunday – 8a-6p
What To Do If You Need a COVID Test To Travel?
Testing before and after travel is also sometimes required. This is particularly true for international travel, and requirements can differ by destination. Visit CDC website for more information on international travel during COVID-19.
Show Management Will Implement the Following Best Practices
Chicago’s McCormick Place is a large venue allowing for plenty of room to spread out.
- The Expo floor was created with wider aisles to minimize traffic congestion and maximize space for social distancing
- Social distancing will be encouraged in all common areas
- Face masks are required indoors for all attendees, vendors, exhibitors, speakers, guests and staff, regardless of vaccination status, in the state of Illinois, effective August 20, 2021. We will continue to monitor local, state guidelines in the event of a change prior to or during the event.
- Masks are required on all shuttles and public transportation throughout Chicago
- McCormick Place has been awarded GBAC Star™ accreditation for establishing a comprehensive system of cleaning, disinfecting, and implementing infectious disease prevention protocols. The GBAC Star™ program is the gold standard for public facilities
- McCormick Place ensures the highest possible air quality by utilizing a team of building engineers who regularly verify compliance with ASHRAE standards.
- Common areas and high touch surfaces will be routinely cleaned and disinfected, with deeper cleaning taking place overnight
- Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building and in every booth
- Contactless mobile print stations will be available at select locations, for badge printing only, for those who have pre-registered.
- Using the NACS Show mobile app, Cool New Products will implement QR code scanning for a touch-free experience
- Food & beverage functions will be staffed by masked servers
- If an attendee needs immediate medical attention, there are designated first aid areas within McCormick Place. In the event an attendee is experiencing Covid symptoms or needs assistance with Covid testing, several local medical facilities have been identified to assist
- Fist or elbow bumps are recommended as an alternative to handshakes to minimize physical contact
Information continues to change and NACS is committed to adapting our approach to address the latest recommendations. We will keep all our exhibitors, attendees, staff and vendors up to date with new developments as they unfold.
As conditions continue to change and evolve, NACS is prepared to implement the following precautions:
- Create block education and expo scheduling to split attendance in ½ between expo and education sessions throughout the day
- Configure meeting rooms, general sessions, education sessions, workshops and public spaces according to the recommendations at the time of the NACS Show in October
- Monitor capacity in general and education sessions and may limit the number of attendees allowed in a session to ensure everyone can maintain a safe distance
- Limit attendance at Kick-Off Party
- Increase signage throughout McCormick regarding mask wearing, sanitation practices and social distance
- Send reminders and updates to protocols in place through the NACS Show app, NACS channel in hotels, show emails and McCormick Place audio
- Have designated masked servers for buffets and/or serve individual portions or pre-packaged meals
Check back often, this page will be updated as new information is confirmed.
*updated as of Oct 1, 2021