COVID/HPAI

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 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. 


HPAI GUIDELINES

Recent outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) are of great concern to the U.S. poultry farm community. Higher levels of biosecurity will be in place during the Midwest Poultry Federation Convention to prevent the introduction or spread of this virus or other potentially harmful diseases into our industries.

  • We are asking all attendees from farms that have tested positive for HPAI or are in USDA-identified control zones to remain free from contact with wild birds, farm animals or mortality for a minimum of five days before visiting MPF in March. 
  • Farmers should treat our event as they would anytime they leave the farm. In addition, please take advantage of the biosecurity measures that will be available during MPF, including hand sanitation dispensers.

Disease prevention and biosecurity on farms is essential to limiting the spread of this disease. Thank you for your work to protect our poultry industry and prevent the spread of HPAI.


NO MASKS REQUIRED: Effective February 24, 2022, the city of Minneapolis has lifted its local mask mandate. The end of the mandate comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are substantially down in Minnesota.

  • WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU: There will be NO requirement to wear a mask during the 2022 MPF Convention in March – including inside the Minneapolis Convention Center, restaurants, bars, hotels, and other public areas you frequent while at the show.

NO VACCINATION/TESTING REQUIREMENT: Effective immediately, the city of Minneapolis is rescinding emergency regulations requiring people entering food and drink establishments to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test. The end of the mandate comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are substantially down in Minnesota.

 There will be NO requirement to show proof of vaccination status or negative COVID-19 test when you attend the MPF Convention – including any restaurant, bar, or hotel you frequent while you are at the show.


INTERNATIONAL ATTENDEES/EXHIBITORS – CURRENT TRAVEL REQUIREMENT

  • 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. 

MPF’s SAFETY INITIATIVES

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.

  • Masks are currently not required in the Minneapolis Convention Center, although you are welcome to wear a mask if you wish. 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 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 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 will be touchless as much as possible, with registration specialists available to assist in order to minimize exposure to contact surfaces.

Mask Usage

No masks are required in the Minneapolis Convention Center or the City of Minneapolis. (Individual restaurants / buildings may have their own requirements. MPF will have complimentary masks available at the registration area if you need one.)

COVID-19 Testing

Testing (PCR or antigen) will be available in the Minneapolis Convention Center and MPF will have also have a limited number of self-testing kits available at the registration area.

Room 211, Located on Level Two
Monday-Wednesday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
(closed March 24-25)

Saliva and Rapid tests available
Schedule Appointment with Vault Health

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 – Room 205A-D – 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


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)