March 8-12, 2022

Anaheim, CA USA

Health & Safety FAQs

We have implemented a mask mandate and will require proof of vaccination OR negative COVID-19 test for all participants of Natural Products Expo West 2022.

Here's what that means:

·      ALL participants of Natural Products Expo West are required to wear a mask while indoors at the Anaheim Convention Center (ACC), Marriott, and Hilton.

·       All participants must either 1) be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least two weeks after final dose) and provide proof of vaccination by presenting either the original vaccination card or a photocopy of the vaccination card.  Full name and date must be visible. 2) Receive a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test within 72-hours prior to attending the event and provide proof of a negative result prior to entering the venue. 

Please feel free to contact your account manager or our client services team at [email protected]. Thank you for your continued support, trust and patience and we look forward to seeing you all in Anaheim. 

 

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding Health and Safety:

A mask mandate and require proof of vaccination OR negative COVID-19 test will be required for all participants of Natural Products Expo West 2022.  All conference sessions and networking events will have distanced seating.  Our complete list of extensive health and safety measures can be found here

We did not make the decision to host this event without the careful consideration of the health and safety of our community, and the local community in Anaheim. We partnered with an outside data modeling agency, Epistemix, the official partners of the CDC and the WHO, to model the risk associated with hosting the event and to determine ideal mitigation measures to ensure those who are able to join us in Anaheim are as safe as possible. Their forecasting shows that with our mitigation measures in place, including the sampling that will take place at the event, attending Expo West will be safer than participating in other community activities such as going to the grocery store, with risk reduced by 78%.

By creating and enforcing the health and safety and sampling guidelines for Expo West, we will be able to host the show safely and successfully for those who can and want to attend the event in person. With the endorsement of the California Health Department and Epistemix, we are confidently moving forward with the event and hope to see you there!

Epistemix data shows that B2B events like Expo West are not a significant driver of COVID cases in a given location (the most consequential factor is local vaccination coverage).

No. We are committed to safely gathering the natural and organic industry at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, March 8-12 and have no intention of cancelling or postponing the event. 

Given the projected attendance and size of the Anaheim Convention Center, there will be no limitations. The large facility allows for the appropriate density management and distancing measures. 

No, sampling is a critical component of the show. We’ll have two different categories of food sampling. The first category is a manufactured sealed sample which will not require any specific provisions, outside of the overall show policies. The second is an open sample (prepared or cooked) which must be served in individual portions and will require gloves, a facemask, a hairnet, a sneeze guard or food cover, and hand washing and sanitation kits. Attendees will be required to “Stop and Sample”. When sampling, they can remove or take their masks down, consume the product, and then immediately put their masks back on as they engage with the exhibitor to learn more about the brand and product offerings. Attendees must maintain distance from others while sampling with their masks down. Masks are required for all indoor locations except when actively eating or drinking while stationary. We’re all in this together and we must rely on each other to create the safest and most productive environment possible.

These policies apply to all participants of Expo West. See more information Natural Products Expo West 2022. More details on children in attendance and childcare can be found here.

Yes, if an individual is unable to provide proof of vaccination or negative test result, they will not gain access to the event. 

At entry, Safety Ambassadors, an extension of the Natural Products Expo West security team, will validate your negative COVID-19 diagnostic test results OR proof of vaccination.  Please have your proof of vaccination or negative test result ready before arriving for quick processing. Test results must be dated and time-stamped to be accepted. 

For the safety of all attendees and staff, Natural Products Expo West is not able to accommodate any exceptions to the mask policy. Anyone who is unable or unwilling to attend Natural Products Expo West due to this policy is encouraged to attend Natural Products Expo Virtual, the show’s official virtual platform, in which attendees will have the ability to request meetings with virtual and in-person exhibitors, view products and content within the virtual platform, as well as attend virtual tours and education sessions. More information can be found at npevirtual.com.

Individuals must present their vaccination card (or a photo of their vaccination card) alongside their ID and digital badge in order to gain access.  

No. We will require a test to be taken within 72 hours of arriving at the Anaheim Convention Center. It is recommended to plan for testing to take place before you travel.

Participants must provide proof of a viral test (NAAT or antigen test). PCR and rapid, antigen COVID-19 tests are accepted – please be sure to bring proof of your negative test result, dated and time-stamped. 

At-home covid test results will only be accepted if there is a link to results on an accredited medical platform that you can print or display on your phone. 

Natural Products Expo West will not be providing testing on-site. 

We will accept a screenshot of your vaccination card on your phone. If you do not have one, you will need to provide proof of negative test taken within 72 hours of arriving at the Anaheim Convention Center.

If you didn't receive the vaccine card or lost it, you can contact your vaccination provider, such as Rite Aid, CVS, hospital, or a local government office. If you can't contact your provider, reach out to contact your state health department’s immunization information system. All vaccination providers must report COVID-19 vaccinations to their IIS. State health departments will either email or mail a copy of your vaccination card, although it may take one to two weeks.

   
Yes.  Proof of vaccinations more commonly administered in countries outside the U.S. are accepted if they are approved by the country of residence and the World Health Organization.  

     
Proof of full vaccination requires the last vaccination dose to be administered at least two weeks prior to the date on which you enter the ACC.  If your dose is from a vaccine series that requires two doses, full vaccination status requirement would be met only 14 days after the second dose. Individuals who have only received the first of two doses must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test taken within 72 hours prior to entering the ACC. 

     
Yes.  All venue staff, vendors and contractors will be required to follow the same onsite Health Check requirements as show participants. We are all in this together and working by the same guidelines. 

The above information is subject to change as we continue to track this situation and receive guidance from state and local health authorities, the Anaheim Convention Center, the CDC and WHO, and we will provide regular and timely updates to help the community best prepare for Expo West.

 

Questions?

If you have further questions or concerns, contact us at [email protected].

For more information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations visit https://www.vaccines.gov/.