Health & Safety
KBIS HEALTH & SAFETY PLAN
Guidance related to large gatherings relative to COVID-19 and associated variants continues to change. What will remain constant is the commitment of the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) to the health and safety of attendees and exhibitors at our shows.
Individuals that attend, exhibit or work at either show should anticipate that the following protocols (informed by current recommendations from the CDC and local Orlando health authorities) will be enforced:
Anyone that is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is strongly encouraged by show management to wear facemasks when indoors at the Orange County Convention Center and other show related venues.
Anyone that is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is required by show management to wear facemasks when indoors at the The Orange County Convention Center and other show related venues.
The Orange County Convention Center has established safety measures for visitors including cleaning and hand sanitizer stations throughout the center. More information is available here.
We are continuously monitoring guidance from the CDC and local health authorities and reserve the right to adjust the shows’ health & safety protocols as relevant recommendations and tradeshow industry standards evolve.
Read below to find out what health measures we have in place and how you too will play a role in moving business forward safely.
KBIS PARTNERS WITH EPISTEMIX
KBIS is partnering with Epitsemix, a modeling system that predicts the progression of disease outbreaks. Emerald (KBIS show producers), in conjunction with the NKBA, will leverage their statistical platform to better understand the impact of COVID-19 in Orlando so we are able to make informed decisions on the health and safety of our community at KBIS 2022.
Epistemix is a leading provider of analytical tools that empower leaders to make better decisions by simulating how diseases, ideas, and behavior spread through populations. We leverage decades of epidemiological experience, diverse datasets, realistic population dynamics, and scientific best-practice to build computational models that forecast the impacts of policy interventions, so that organizations can take informed action.
Orange Country Convention Center
Following a three-pronged strategy, the OCCC phased in modified operations by implementing the OCCC’s Recovery and Resiliency Guidelines, achieving Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s (GBAC) Star Accreditation and began a pioneering collaboration with Orlando Health for a new medical concierge program that provides an industry-defining standard on how conventions will operate in the future.
Orlando International Airport
Orlando International Airport has created a safety video with information about what you can expect when you visit. Orlando International Airport has also taken steps to further enhance the safety of travelers and airport employees by requiring that all 22,000 badged airport employees wear facial coverings inside airport public areas. Badged personnel will also maintain social distancing, as directed by the CDC, wherever practicable. Additionally, MCO has added personal protective equipment (PPE) vending machines that give the traveling public easy access to a variety of face masks, hand sanitizers and similar equipment. Learn more.
Covid-19 testing is available at Orlando International Airport, Monday-Friday from 7:30am-5:00pm and Saturday-Sunday from 7:30am-7:00pm. The AdventHealth clinic is located in the West Hall, opposite the security checkpoint for Gates 1-59 and offers both rapid RT-PCR testing and rapid-result antigen testing. The rapid RT-PCR test is subject to availability.
Orlando International Airport: Operational Update
Orlando Sanford International Airport: COVID-19 Monitoring
Orange County Government Health Services Department continues to make COVID-19 testing and vaccinations easily accessible for residents. Orange County’s free drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination and drive-thru COVID-19 testing services are available seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other free vaccination and testing sites are also available. Individuals may select only one type of test, Molecular PCR or Rapid Antigen, per day. For more information, visit ocfl.net/Testing, and click on #1 on the map.
CDC Travel FAQs: FAQ for Travelers
For Florida-specific information, the Florida Department of Health update: Important Update on COVID-19 cases in Florida The department has a dedicated COVID-19 Call Center at +1 866-779-6121 or you can email [email protected].
For local information, the Orange County health update: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources
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