How HCD Expo is keeping you safe in 2021

The HCD team is monitoring the COVID-19 situation weekly and following the guidelines set-forth by our federal and local governments and health agencies and are in close contact with local authorities. With the show being months away, we remain cautiously optimistic that we will be able to host a safe event. In addition, we are working with other show teams within Emerald who are staging live shows ahead of our event to ensure the highest level of control measures and best practices are being implemented around the show and onsite.

Our focus is to keep attendees, exhibitors and the greater active community updated regularly. We will be updating this page regularly as we determine the proper guidelines.

Health Protocols + Screenings

Will there be temp screenings for exhibitors and attendees?

Yes. We will designate and identify certain entrances and exits with signage. Security will be temperature screening at the main doors to expo hall.

Will we provide any sort of health kit for exhibitors?

From Emerald Preparedness, Prevention & Response Plan (PPP): All exhibitors, attendees, sponsors, speakers and partners will receive an event welcome packet before they arrive onsite which will outline all the health and safety guidelines and protocol being implemented at the event.

Will masks be required? Will masks be provided by HCD?

Yes and yes. Masks will be required in all areas of Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland (HCCC) and the surrounding hotels. This includes move in, show hours, and move out periods.

 Masks will also be provided by HCD upon entering the expo hall, if one is needed.

Where will the hand sanitation stations be located at?

Hand sanitizers stations will be placed throughout public spaces in HCCC.

Hand sanitizer stations will also be placed throughout the show floor based on total NSF.


Will there be enter only and exit only doors?

Yes, we will designate entrances and exit pathways. Security will patrol these areas to maintain traffic flow.

Booth suggestions: How many people should be in my booth? 

We recommend having a rule of 4 people in your booth per 100 square feet.

For example: For 100 square feet of exhibit space with 6 feet required (approximately 2 meters) as the recommended physical distance between people, divide 100 by 28 and your capacity would be 3.5 people. (This calculation assumes everyone must have at least 28 square feet (2.6 square meters) of space. – Keep 6 feet apart.

Will we have physical distance markers for restrooms, snack bars??

Yes, we will have signage and line markers for both.

What about HVAC/air filtration at HCCC?

HCCC’s building engineers continue to verify the operation of mechanical systems and will restore all sequences, set points, and schedules modified from the rollback of operations.  Air quality improvements includes:

• Increasing building intake/air change rates during occupied event hours 
• Increasing building intake/air change rates during occupied event hours 
• Ongoing process of replacing HVAC air filters with high efficiency filters regularly
 • Pre-return inspection of all Life Safety Systems• Air flow management

Food + Beverage

How will food and beverage be served on the show floor?

• Change food practices on certain items (i.e. from bulk offerings to pre-packaged). 
• Change food practices on certain items (i.e. from bulk offerings to pre-packaged). 
• Chef’s tables/buffets to be served by Levy team member(s). 
• No self-service F&B offerings unless pre-packaged. 
• Recommending all disposable/compostable vessels/service ware vs. china/silver to minimize contact.
• No longer offering self-serve beverages; Levy team member must serve the guest (single-use cup). 
• All bulk condiments changed to packets.

Can exhibitors host Happy Hour in booths with bars and food?? 

Yes, you can still rent bars or serve food items in your booth. All catering needs to be ordered through the Levy and all food will be pre-packaged or served by a chef or banquet server/bartender.


Questions? Contact us

Companies #’s, A-G, T-Z

Cindi Richardson
Account Executive

Companies H-S

Scott Goist
Account Executive


Kristin Zeit
Associate Show Director

Business Development

Emily Clay
Business Development Manager

Customer Success

Elana Ben-Tor
Customer Success Manager

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