COVID-19 Updates: Learn about our health & safety protocols and our temporary shelter operation.

COVID-19 & Safe Meetings

COVID-19 & Safe Meetings

The San Diego Convention Center is closed for events through Fall 2020. See our event calendar for details. The exact timeline for reopening depends on state and local revisions to restrictions on public gatherings. When we’re able to welcome event activity back to the building, we will be fully prepared to do so, with enhanced policies and procedures in place for the safety of attendees, exhibitors, staff and business partners.

For additional information about regional public health orders, see the County of San Diego Public Health Order from July 2020 and the City of San Diego Coronavirus resource page. We will continue to post updates here and stay in communication with event organizers regarding news and plans.


Our Commitment to Your Health & Well-being

GBAC SealWe prioritize the health and safety of attendees, exhibitors, staff and business partners. Our team is committed to upholding the highest standards of cleanliness throughout our facility. In light of the dramatic changes to public health guidance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have updated or enhanced many of our cleaning and safety protocols to help ensure the safety and security of everyone who walks through our doors.

In July 2020, the San Diego Convention Center became one of the first convention centers in the United States to achieve the prestigious GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation. Under the guidance of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), SDCC is implementing a program of stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention. Key measures are outlined below. We are evolving these plans as new information becomes available to us and as we continue preparing to reopen for meetings and events.


  • Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the building and in close proximity to every meeting room door. The touch-free stations dispense an alcohol-based disinfectant, PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer Foam (70% Ethyl Alcohol Formulation).
  • All touch-points are disinfected on a continual basis during event hours and overnight, using Oxivir® RTU or Oxivir® Wipes. Touch-points include stair and escalator handrails, door handles, door crash-bars, elevator and ATM buttons, house phones, concession stand counters and tables, cellphone/laptop charging stations, and common-area tables and benches.
  • Restrooms are regularly and thoroughly disinfected during event hours using Virex® or Oxivir®. Restrooms feature touch-free soap dispensers, sink faucets, toilet fixtures, urinal fixtures, paper-towel dispensers, toilet paper dispensers and hand dryers. The touch-free designs reduce cross-contamination and encourage better hygiene.

Social Distancing

  • Capacity charts for all exhibit halls, ballrooms, and meeting rooms will be revised to allow for physical distancing standards.
  • All public areas will be configured to include wider aisles and orderly queues, where needed. Some walkways will be designated “one way.”
  • Where possible, public access doors will be designated as either entrance or exit only, to limit cross pedestrian traffic and personal contact.

Food & Beverage

  • All catering operations have been assessed and updated to align with best practices for safety and hygiene. Protocols include, but are not limited to:
  • All employees must complete health questionnaires at the beginning of each shift and wear hairnets, gloves, hats and gloves.
  • All food will be served as individual portions. Pre-packaged snacks are available instead of dessert trays.
  • Attendants are required to pour coffee at stations.
  • Bar offerings are limited to packaged beer, wine, and cocktails only.
  • Bulk water will no longer be available in meeting rooms. Bottled water is available at lecterns and any additional water service needs can be provided through Centerplate, our food and beverage provider.
  • Kitchens have been redesigned to meet physical distancing standards.

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SDCC Staff Protocols & Training

  • All employees are wearing face masks until further notice; some staff wear additional personal protective equipment suitable for their duties.
  • All employees receive COVID-19 awareness training and continuous education for their roles.
  • All employees, including part-time staff, have access to paid time off. We instruct our employees to stay home when they feel ill, and to inform our Human Resources team immediately if they are aware of any possible exposure to COVID-19.

Disinfectant Products

All disinfectants are on the EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for use against COVID-19:

  • Diversey Virex® II 256 One Step Disinfectant-(EPA REG. NO. 70627-24)
  • Diversey Oxivir® 1 RTU-(EPA REG. NO. 70627-74)
  • Diversey Oxivir® 1 Wipes-(EPA REG. NO. 70627-77)
  • Kaibosh® Disinfectant-(EPA REG. NO. 10324-93-71665)


  • PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer Foam 5392-02 (70% Ethyl Alcohol Formulation)

Last updated 4/28/2020. We are closely monitoring further guidance from the CDC, WHO, the California Department of Public Health and the San Diego County Department of Public Health. We will continue to update this page as we prepare to reopen for events.

Partner Protocols

Our on-site service partners are dedicated to the health and safety of our clients and guests. Please see their detailed cleaning and safety protocols below.


Temporary Shelter

On April 1, 2020, several of our exhibit halls began serving as temporary homeless shelters in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable individuals in our region. Together with our partners at the City of San Diego, we will ensure a smooth transition from the temporary shelter project to our event activities.

Following the closure of the shelter, an extensive third-party cleaning and disinfecting process will be completed throughout all our spaces where the shelter is operating. This process will meet or exceed standards of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) and comply with CDC guidance for providing clean and sanitary environments.

After the third party completes their work, our SDCC team will conduct an additional deep-cleaning and disinfecting process to guarantee we are ready to begin welcoming events and attendees back to our premier, world-class gathering place.

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Official Corporate Partners of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation: