After a rough 2020, when almost every automotive event was canceled, some are pushing forward, even though the situation in 2021 isn’t much better. The SEMA Show and the AAPEX Show are both currently scheduled for November in Las Vegas, although with several health and safety protocols in place. The two released a joint statement via email today.
AAPEX will take place from November 2 through 4 at the Venetian Expo & Caesars Forum will require proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID PCR test given prior to the attendee’s arrival at the show. AAPEX’s co-owners say that they are also evaluating their ability to provide on-site testing for people unable to obtain a vaccination or get tested before the show. A third-party verification platform will be used, as will on-site screening.
SEMA, which takes place at the same time and runs through November 5, says it is working with state and local health officials to come up with safety guidelines for its event. Show organizers say that they are aware that the COVID-19 situation is changing week to week, so it’s likely both events could change their stance before November rolls around. It’s worth noting that Nevada requires masks for all indoor events in Las Vegas, which obviously impacts both events.