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SEMA Releases Coronavirus Safety Plan for SEMA Show 2020

The SEMA Show is still scheduled to take place starting Tuesday, November 3 and run through Friday November 6 of this year.  They are expecting thousands of exhibitors and around 120,000 people to descend on the Las Vegas Convention center during the 54th SEMA Show.

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world.   It is split into multiple sections with over 2,400 exhibitors and a New Product Showcase featuring nearly 3,000 newly introduced parts, tools, and components.  This event is not open to the public, but rather the event plays host to people that work in the automotive aftermarket industry.

With the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Nevada, event organizers like SEMA are putting a lot of thought and effort into keeping their visitors safe while they spend time at the show.  “With health and safety precautions in place, the upcoming event will feature four days of innovation, inspiration and education, at a time when analysts anticipate the marketplace will begin its path to recovery,” SEMA said.

“We are steadfast in our belief that our members and our industry will recover more quickly from the current climate by safely coming together to share ideas and look ahead to strategize for 2021 and beyond,” added Tom Gattuso, SEMA vice president of events. “In some respects, it will be one of the hardest events we have produced in the Show’s 54-year history, but it will also be among the most gratifying.”

Members of SEMA cannot emphasize enough how essential this show is to help the industry renew business ties, find new opportunities, and make 2021 a success. So, what steps are being taken to make this all happen safely?  Here is a list from SEMA on best practices and safety measures:

  • Crowd-density concepts, including directional traffic flow and social-distancing measures.
  • Use of CDC-recommended personal protective equipment, such as facemasks, face shields and safety partitions.
  • Reducing touch points in high traffic areas like Registration and the New Products Showcase.
  • Efficient health-query protocols as you arrive on-site.
  • Increasing frequencies of facility cleaning and adding a process for nightly sanitization.
  • Streamlining food-service locations to create touchless and cashless transactions.
  • Encouraging early registration so credentials can be mailed in advance of the Show.

Ultimately, SEMA just want their attendees to feel safe while at the show.  Mr. Gattuso continued, “We are proactively calling on all our partners to pool our collective resources to establish best practices and deliver the highest levels of safety and security along with the business value SEMA is known for. Even with the Show still months away, we are well into planning what it will look like when we all gather in Las Vegas.”

As for now, the show is scheduled to happen, and we all have our hopes up that it will.  We will have to see how this pandemic plays out and SEMA will certainly be monitoring it all and listening to the recommendations and best practices from Nevada authorities.  You can continue to watch for updates for the 54th SEMA Show on

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