The U.S. National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Executive Vice President of Global Connections and Events, Chris Brown, has announced that attendees and participants wishing to register for the event, scheduled for October 9–13, 2021, in Las Vegas, will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
In a statement, Brown said, “We have worked for the past several weeks to finalise protocols that will maximize the experience and safety of all members of the NAB Show community. This process has involved extensive consultation with health and safety experts, gathering feedback from a range of exhibitors and attendees, and review of the safety measures recommended by national and local health authorities, including Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s important announcement this week regarding large events.
“Taking this all into account, we will require all attendees and participants to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. We think this is a positive step in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and will provide further details on implementation as well as other safety measures under consideration.
“Multiple indicators show a strong eagerness among the NAB Show community to return in person, including steady attendee registration. The continued buildout of the Show Floor is bringing together hundreds of new and returning companies, including major brands like Amazon Web Services, AJA, B&H, Canon, Grass Valley, MediaKind, Panasonic, Ross, Sony, Verizon and more.
“We are also finalizing a full conference program featuring premium education content, high-profile speakers and world-class training opportunities. Additionally, major industry events, such as the Radio Show, Sales and Management Television Exchange and AES Show, will co-locate in Las Vegas, broadening the base of attendees and adding value to their experience.”
Meanwhile, the organisers of consumer electronics event CES 2022, scheduled for January 5-8, 2022, also in Las Vegas, have announced, “For CES 2022, we will require all in-person attendees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Based on today’s science, we understand vaccines offer us the best hope for stopping the spread of this virus. While we are still more than five months from CES 2022, we are sharing this information early to give you time to plan.
“CES 2022 will follow state and local guidelines and recommendations by the CDC for masking and other protocols. Masks are currently required in all public indoor spaces in Las Vegas. We will regularly update CES.tech/healthprotocols with the latest information.”