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AES & NAB Shows to Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

This October, AES Las Vegas 2021 is co-located with The NAB Show. Now, with the COVID-19 Delta Variant spreading and cases and hospitalization increasing sharply around the U.S.,  the organizers of the shows have released updated health and safety protocols, which include proof of vaccination.

"In keeping with the advice of health and safety experts and our need to adhere to policies consistent with NAB, we will implement safety protocols, which include a requirement for proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all attendees," the AES said in its statement.

Additional information and context can be found in the NAB statement below.

"With less than 60 days until the start of NAB Show and associated co-located events scheduled for October in Las Vegas, we are filled with excitement and anticipation to welcome you to what promises to be the ultimate reunion at which to get back to business, reconnect and reinvigorate the industry," AES says. "While the enthusiasm is building, we are keenly aware of health and safety concerns tied to the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant and want to assure you that we are putting in place a comprehensive, data-driven plan that prioritizes safety and creates a productive environment at these events."

AES and NAB say their protocols will maximize the experience and safety of all members. 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 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," the statement concludes.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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