In-Person Events Happening During Covid

These gatherings are going ahead as planned, using accepted protocols to keep attendees safe.

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Updated Jan. 4, 2021

While some events are being cancelled, postponed or moved online due to rising cases of Covid-19, many are committed to going ahead in person with additional health and safety protocols. To submit an event, please email us.


The Consumer Electronics Show will go ahead with an abbreviated schedule in Las Vegas, despite wariness over the Omicron surge and cancellations by high-profile exhibitors. The show will now run Jan. 5-7. Omron Healthcare and Mobileye are the latest companies to withdraw from the in-person event. Amazon, General Motors, AT&T and others had previously dropped out. Social media companies Twitter, TikTok, Pinterest and Facebook parent Meta Platforms will also no longer be attending. In a press release dated Dec. 22, the organization recommitted to its live event and stressed that strict health and safety protocols will be in place. Participants must be fully vaccinated in order to attend, and masks are required to be worn indoors. CES also recommends attendees test for Covid-19 prior to traveling to Las Vegas, as well as within 24 hours of entering the venue. Guests will receive a complimentary rapid test when picking up their event badge. CES 2022 will include a digital component for those unable to attend in person.

Surf Expo

One of the earliest 2022 events scheduled to take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando is Surf Expo. The three-day event will be held Jan. 5-7. Face masks will be required regardless of vaccination status. All attendees are encouraged to complete daily health assessments.

Convening Leaders

The Professional Convention Management Association will host its 2022 Convening Leaders event on Jan. 9-12 at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas. In an email on Dec. 21, president and CEO Sherrif Karamat reiterated PCMA's commitment to hosting a safe and successful live event. All participants, including staff members, service providers and guests, must show proof of vaccination and abide by the indoor mask mandate. Guests are encouraged to take a PCR test before traveling and on-site testing will be available throughout the event.


The Promotional Products Association International will hold its annual PPAI Expo on Jan. 10-13 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. On Jan. 4, a PPAI spokesperson said the event is moving forward with no change to its schedule, which includes the conference on Jan. 10 and exhibition Jan. 11-13. 

“The PPAI Expo will be held in the midst of numerous challenges, but it will be full of entrepreneurs and businesses leveraging the PPAI Expo to drive success,” said PPAI president and CEO Dale Denham. “It’s time we return to in-person events and benefit from the creativity that thrives when we are face-to-face.”

In accordance with Clark County safety guidelines, masks will be required throughout the show and in all indoor locations. PPAI is providing both surgical and cloth masks for all attendees, and numerous additional safety precautions are in place.