COVID-19

Welcome back to a safe, in-person MPF Convention!

MPF is excited to welcome you back in-person to the convention in March 2022! We are committed to hosting a safe show, mitigating as much risk as possible. MPF will follow any COVID-19 guidelines, regulations or face covering requirements that are in place in Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota at the time of the convention and we will work together with you to bring business back safely. 

  • MPF recommends all attendees and exhibitors be fully vaccinated.
  • Participants will be required to show proof of vaccination status or proof a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to attending, per city of Minneapolis requirements. (Announcement | Official Proclamation | Additional details below.
    • The following individuals will not be required to follow the amended regulation:
      • Exhibitors
      • Speakers
  • All participants must wear a face covering while in the Minneapolis Convention Center per the city of Minneapolis requirements. MPF will have disposable masks available for participants who do not have one. (Additional details below.)
  • Please be aware that all international attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination and a negative test result 24 hours prior to entering the U.S. Participants are encouraged to check their country and airline requirements for outgoing and returning flights. 

The following program outlines MPF’s safety initiatives that will be incorporated for the 2022 convention at the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC). All attendees will receive a final email confirmation the week prior to the start of MPF that will include the current safety & health protocols, which may change. Additional details on all of these items follow below, as well.

  • MPF recommends all attendees and exhibitors be fully vaccinated. Participants will be required to show proof of vaccination status or proof a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to attending, per city of Minneapolis requirements.
  • All participants must wear a face covering while in the Minneapolis Convention Center per the city of Minneapolis requirements. MPF will have disposable masks available for participants who do not have one. 
  • Anyone exhibiting COVID-like symptoms (fever, coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea, diarrhea) should not attend MPF.
  • Minneapolis Convention Center is providing additional cleaning and disinfection of all public spaces, restrooms and high-touch building areas. 
  • MPF and MCC will provide hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility and Exhibit Hall.
  • MPF will provide disinfecting footbaths at main entrances prior to entering exhibit floor.
  • MPF encourages physical distancing measures where appropriate.
  • MPF encourages anyone who develops COVID-like symptoms while at MCC to report to the first aid station for assistance, which has a temporary quarantine area.
  • Attendees who test positive will be required to return their MPF name badge and immediately leave the building.

Onsite Safety Measures

MPF will follow public health guidance for mitigating COVID-19 transmission and follow any COVID-19 guidelines, regulations or face covering requirements that are in place in the city of Minneapolis, the state of Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Health, and the CDC at the time of the convention. 

Physical Distancing

MPF encourages attendees to maintain appropriate physical distance from each other when practical within the common areas, meeting rooms, and the trade show. 

Sanitation

The MCC is an accredited GBAC STAR™ facility and has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention. The MCC has increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting with EPA-approved disinfectants in all public and private spaces with an emphasis on high touchpoint areas and has incorporated new technology such as Electrostatic Disinfecting Machines.

Ventilation

The majority of all meeting rooms are equipped with Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization which works by safely introducing ions into the airflow, combining with particles in the air such as viruses, bacteria, odors, and other airborne particles, and then eliminating or neutralizing them. Other meeting room spaces utilize hospital-grade MERV 13 filters. All of our spaces are flushed with outside air before and after use. Engineers monitor all occupied spaces and maximize the use of outside air.

Touchless Registration

MPF is focused on minimizing lines and entry transactions at registration. Participants are encouraged to register online before the show to enable QR code scanning for name badge printing and contactless entry. Onsite registration areas will have a partition between visitors and staff. Onsite registration will be touchless as much as possible, with registration specialists available to assist in order to minimize exposure to contact surfaces.

Mask Usage

As of January 6, a mask or cloth face covering is required for patrons, employees and visitors in businesses and places of public accommodation in the City of Minneapolis – including the Minneapolis Convention Center and Minneapolis hotels and restaurants. Attendees will be able to pick up a disposable mask at the MPF Registration Area.

COVID-19 Testing

Testing is available to Minnesota residents at no charge in the Minneapolis Convention Center. MPF is currently researching options on the feasibility to offer its own testing center for all attendees and exhibitors and we will update information here if/when available.

First Aid Services:

MPF, as always, provides trained first-aid services via the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) for exhibitors, attendees and other personnel working during set-up, trade show, and dismantling operations. If you become COVID-symptomatic while in the building, MPF management asks that you immediately proceed to the first aid station. (Location will be updated here when confirmed.)

First aid will be maintained Monday, March 21 through Thursday, March 24.

Onsite Quarantine

MPF and MCC will offer a temporary quarantine room to assist onsite attendees who receive a positive test and are awaiting additional testing and results. Attendees who test positive will be required to return their MPF name badge and immediately leave the building.

Helpful Links:

State COVID Info / Testing

Getting Here / Getting Around

Our Hotels

Onsite at MPF


As of January 14, 2022 – Proof of completed vaccination series or proof of negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours: The City of Minneapolis has announced an emergency regulation, requiring customers of any place of public accommodation where food and/or drink is sold for on-site consumption – including the Minneapolis Convention Center – to show proof of a completed vaccination series or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours. (This must be a lab test; not an in-home test.) Booster shots are not required. This regulation goes into effect on Wednesday, January 26 for all ticketed events – including the MPF Convention – at the MCC.

As of January 6, 2022 – Mask/face covering requirement: Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on January 6, a mask or cloth face covering is required for patrons, employees and visitors in businesses and places of public accommodation – including the Minneapolis Convention Center. Areas of public accommodation include any indoor locations where members of the public may gather, visit, or patronize and can include, but are not limited to, bars, restaurants, museums, theaters, schools, recreational facilities, retail locations, rental establishments, government buildings, stadiums, arenas, and service establishments.


Latest travel newsU.S. border will reopen to vaccinated foreign travelers on Nov. 8

12/2/2021: In response to concerns over the Omicron variant, all international travelers will be required to present proof of a negative Covid-19 test result taken within one day of travel, regardless of citizenship and vaccination status. Latest restrictions on international travelers 

 


Update on public safety in Minneapolis – including an excellent list of questions and answers.

(Updated 1/14/2022)