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Here’s What We’re Doing to Keep Everyone Safe!


In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have recently updated our health and safety protocols. In order to afford attendees the strongest level of protection,  The Independent Show will require proof that all attendees are fully vaccinated or provide a negative Covid-19 test prior to the meeting.


Based on CDC Guidelines (found here), show management,  is defining “fully vaccinated” as receiving your final dose two weeks before the first day of the event, October 4th (no later than September 20th). This would include the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or the one shot of a single-dose vaccine such as with Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine. 


We are requiring that your proof of vaccination and any guests you may have registered to attend with you, be submitted prior to September 27, 2021.

If you cannot provide proof of vaccination, you must present paper or digital copy of negative COVID-19 test along with a photo ID.

  • The following are acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 test result:

    • A printed document (from the test provider or laboratory) OR

    • An email or text message displayed on a phone or electronic device from the test provider or laboratory. The information provided should include name of person tested and date of negative test result. 

    • Testing must be conducted within 72 hours of the first day of the event, Monday, October 4th  (any time between Oct 1st – Oct 3rd).


Instructions on how to provide your proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 test will be provided upon registration.

Those that are unable or unwilling to provide the necessary documents shall be turned away and prohibited entry to the show.


Additionally, show management is requiring that face masks  be worn indoors at conference events regardless of vaccination status. This includes:

  • The convention center, where all sessions and exhibits will be held.

  • All hotel public and meeting spaces where events are being held

  • The Minneapolis skywalk (walkway between hotel and convention center)

  • US Bank Stadium event, including buses to/from.

We will also be making the following adjustments to our conference this year to keep everyone safe.

  • Our schedule will help to implement social distancing in the meeting rooms.

  • Exhibits are open all day on October 5 to avoid overcrowding.

  • To avoid congestion at registration, name badges will be mailed to attendees 2-3 weeks in advance of the conference.

  • ​We are providing a live stream of sessions throughout our meeting space and via the mobile app whether you are at home or in Minneapolis with us, you can watch from anywhere.

  • ​We are avoiding the typical buffets and meal services will take COVID into consideration​.

  • Attendees will also be provided the ability to choose and display name badge ribbons indicating their level of personal comfort onsite. Display ribbons are not indicative of an individual’s vaccination status.

Please note that protocols may change at any time due to changes in guidelines or requirements, so please check back for the latest information.  NCTC and ACA Connects are monitoring the CDC, Minnesota Health Department and Hennipin County COVID websites regularly.

  • Click here to find out more about the Hilton Minneapolis CleanStay program

  • Click here to learn more about the Minneapolis Convention Center Health & Safety Information

  • Click here to learn more regarding U.S. Bank Stadium Covid-19 Precautions

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