Healthy & Safety FAQs
The International Roofing Expo in New Orleans

Guided by Informa AllSecure, a detailed set of measures developed collaboratively with industry associations, event organizers, and venues, The International Roofing Expo aims to deliver the highest levels of hygiene and safety at its event, providing everyone with reassurance and confidence they are participating in a safe and controlled environment. Please read below for complete details on the safety requirements needed to enter the event, along with safety and hygiene measures guests can expect.


Show Update 01.12.22

Health and Safety is a Top Priority for the Upcoming 2022 International Roofing Expo taking place in New Orleans

International Roofing Expo (IRE) 2022 will take place February 1 - 3, 2022, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The IRE is the industry’s premier roofing and exterior event for education, product sourcing, and networking. Our community is excited about the opportunity to meet in person, and that is evident as attendees and exhibitors continue to register every day.

While your success is a top priority, the International Roofing Expo continues to prioritize the health and safety of all guests by following all local health guidelines. We want to make sure we provide a safe environment for all those taking part in the IRE.

Effective January 12, 2022, the city of New Orleans imposed an indoor mask mandate. Masks will be required in all indoor spaces for all individuals, both vaccinated and unvaccinated. As a result, masks will be required at the International Roofing Expo.

Currently, there is no proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test requirement for attending the International Roofing Expo at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. However, please note that the city of New Orleans requires proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours to access indoor dining, indoor fitness, and indoor entertainment spaces or performance spaces. This city of New Orleans mandate will apply to the IRE First-Time Attendees Reception, IRE Welcome Party, and other events taking place in conjunction with the show, such as the SRS Concert and the NRCA Awards Ceremony & Cocktail Reception.

To help make it easier for you and your staff to visit the city of New Orleans and participate in all the activities outside of the trade show at the IRE, we will be providing COVID-19 testing on-site at the convention center. In addition, face masks will be available on-site for all guests if they do not have their own.

Starting Sunday, January 30 at 12:00 PM, we will have licensed nurses on-site administering COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for $50 each. PCR testing will be available for our international guests upon request. As a reminder, negative COVID-19 test results are only valid for 72 hours in New Orleans, and you may need to re-test while you are at the show.

IRE ON-SITE COVID-19 TESTING DETAILS
Testing Location:
Room 240 
Testing Hours: 
Sunday, January 30 | 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
Monday, January 31 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
Tuesday, February 1 | 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM 
Wednesday, February 2 | 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Additionally, we will have hand sanitizing stations throughout the venue, as well as an enhanced sanitation schedule, and widened aisles to promote physical distancing.

The International Roofing Expo is in close partnership and communication with the city of New Orleans and local health officials for their expertise and guidance. We will continue to keep you updated on any changes to our health and safety program moving forward. We appreciate your patience as we adapt our requirements to meet local guidance and keep our visitors, partners, and staff safe.

We are thrilled to welcome you to New Orleans in February and look forward to starting 2022 off with a fun, safe, and successful show!


OUR INFORMA ALLSECURE: OUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR SAFETY

The event will be organized in accordance with Informa AllSecure health and safety standards. The International Roofing Expo will feature hand-sanitation units, contactless registration, enhanced cleaning, and more.



Cleaning and Hygiene

Under Informa AllSecure standards, The International Roofing Expo will facilitate cleaning and hygiene through the following processes:

ENHANCED CLEANING

There will be enhanced sanitation throughout the course of the event, with a focus on ‘high-touch areas’, such as door handles, restrooms and food and beverage areas.

PERSONAL HYGIENE

The International Roofing Expo will provide sanitizer stations throughout the show floor and encourage all participants to regularly wash and disinfect their hands.

INCREASED AIR CIRCULATION

The convention center’s HVAC systems will remain running throughout the course of the event, designed to introduce fresh air into the building on a constant basis.

Physical Distancing

Under Informa AllSecure standards, The International Roofing Expo will facilitate physical distancing through the following processes:

NON-CONTACT REGISTRATION

Through increased use of technology, The International Roofing Expo aims to minimize lines and entry transactions. Visitors are encouraged to register online before the show enabling barcode scanning for contactless entry. Customer service areas will have a partition between visitors and staff.

CROWD DENSITY STANDARD (CDS)

Credential scanning upon entering the exhibit hall will allow show management to monitor the number of people on the show floor to ensure that each person is physically able to maintain 3’ of distance.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

The International Roofing Expo is following a 1.5-foot radial distance / 3 feet of physical distance per person. Entrances and exits to and from the exhibit halls will be one-way only. Lounges, table rounds, seating areas will be arranged to ensure physical distancing. Elevators and restrooms will have capacity controls.

Protect and Detect

Under Informa AllSecure standards, The International Roofing Expo will facilitate required health protocols and assistance through the following processes:

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)

Masks are required for all individuals, both vaccinated and unvaccinated. To view the current mandates in place for New Orleans, click here.

FIRST AID

The International Roofing Expo will have access to a qualified first aid responder for any immediate medical needs or medically related questions.


ADDITIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY FAQs

Informa AllSecure is the approach we are taking to enhancing the health and safety standards in place at Informa events following COVID-19.

From exhibitors to sponsors, speakers, visitors and journalists, those who come to our events come to connect, learn, know more and do more business, effectively and safely.

The standards and practices that make up Informa AllSecure are designed to provide confidence that at every Informa event, we are striving to provide the highest standards of safety, hygiene, cleanliness, and quality.  

Informa AllSecure is based on a set of event industry standards, called All Secure.

The All Secure industry standards were developed collaboratively by a group including industry associations UFI, AEO and SISO, event organisers Informa, Reed Exhibitions and Clarion, a range of event venues, suppliers and with input from health, government, and local authorities.

Informa AllSecure is the way these industry-wide All Secure standards are being applied to Informa events.  

You can expect to see that health and safety is a priority and that a range of measures are in place to ensure everyone involved is able to enjoy a safe, hygienic, productive, and high-quality organized event experience.

As a starting point, Informa AllSecure events will be run according to the guidance of government or official authority guidance, and according to any venue-specific regulations. In addition, all Informa AllSecure events follow ten key commitments around hygiene, physical distancing, and protection & detection, with additional measures in place where relevant and practical.  

No environment or space inside or outside of the home can ever be 100% safe.

At controlled event gatherings like Informa events and through Informa AllSecure, we have put in place a comprehensive range of enhanced standards that make the health and safety of everyone who attends a priority.

Through measures such as enhanced deep cleaning before, during and after events, non-contact registration, distancing and crowd management, and the deployment of screening and protective equipment, we are striving to provide the highest standards of safety, hygiene and cleanliness, and to ensure that following COVID-19, our customers, partners and colleagues can connect, learn, know more and do business effectively, safely and with confidence.  

Effective January 12, 2022, the city of New Orleans imposed a mask mandate for all indoor spaces. As a result, masks will be required at the International Roofing Expo for all individuals, both vaccinated and unvaccinated.


Currently, there is no proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test requirement for attending the International Roofing Expo at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. However, please note that the city of New Orleans requires proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours to access indoor dining, indoor fitness, and indoor entertainment spaces or performance spaces. This city of New Orleans mandate will apply to the IRE First-Time Attendees Reception, IRE Welcome Party, and other events taking place in conjunction with the show, such as the SRS Concert and the NRCA Awards Ceremony & Cocktail Reception. 

To view the current mandates in place for New Orleans, click here.

Your full vaccination status can be verified in the following ways:

  • Proof via an app; Excelsior, Clear, California Dept of Health Digital Record, CommonPass, VeriFLY, etc.
  • A hard copy of your vaccination record
  • A clear photocopy of your vaccination record – front and back
  • A clear picture or digital copy of your vaccination record – front and back

Please note: People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Your negative COVID -19 test can be verified in the following ways:

  • PCR/NAAT taken within 72 hours prior to arriving
  • Antigen (rapid) taken within 72 hours prior to arriving
  • Home tests may only be used if also certified by a medical professional or lab technician

Please note: Negative COVID-19 test results must also include the individual's name, date of test, and results clearly visible on the official report.

To help make it easier for you and your staff to visit the city of New Orleans and take part in all the activities outside of the trade show at the IRE, we will be providing COVID-19 testing on-site at the convention center for anyone who is not fully vaccinated.

Starting Sunday, January 30 at 12:00 PM, we will have licensed nurses on-site administering COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for $50 each. PCR testing will be available for our international guests upon request. As a reminder, negative COVID-19 test results are only valid for 72 hours in New Orleans, and you may need to re-test while you are at the show.

IRE ON-SITE COVID-19 TESTING DETAILS
Testing Location: Room 240
Testing Hours:
Sunday, January 30 | 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday, January 31 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, February 1 | 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, February 2 | 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

An appointment is not required to get tested in the IRE On-Site COVID-19 Testing Room at the convention center. Testing will take place in room 240 and be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The cost for a COVID-19 rapid antigen test will be $50 each. PCR testing will be available for our international guests upon request.

Payment can be made by debit and credit cards only.

Proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test is not required to enter the convention center or to eat within the convention center.

Proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test is not required to enter hotels. However, please note that the city of New Orleans requires proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of indoor dining, indoor fitness, and indoor entertainment spaces or performance spaces. This city of New Orleans mandate will apply to enter hotel bars and restaurants. 

The International Roofing Expo recognizes that both professional and personal situations can result in needing to make a change to business travel. Therefore, all attendee cancellations must be submitted in writing to [email protected] before January 18, 2022. Expo Hall Passes, Welcome Party tickets and Community Service Day fees are non-refundable. Super Passes and Day Passes will be assessed a cancellation fee of $65. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute. Substitutions must be submitted in writing to [email protected] by the original registrant by January 18, 2022. No refunds will be issued after January 18, 2022. No refunds issued at or after the show. The International Roofing Expo is not responsible or liable for any costs incurred due to cancellations or delays of any type including travel and/or weather that may affect purchased events, including seminars, training courses, tours, certifications, luncheons, and forums.

For exhibitor event and sponsorship cancellation policies please click here to review. Please contact your account executive with any questions you may have. 

The International Roofing Expo will require face masks, per the city of New Orleans mandate. Face shields, gators, and other face coverings do not fit the acceptable criteria. However, we will have face masks on-site for any guest who does not have one. Please reference the CDC’s general principles for mask use and fit.

The International Roofing Expo is being run in accordance with expert guidance from the city of New Orleans health officials. Presently, the city of New Orleans is mandating an indoor mask requirement for all guests, and we are necessarily adhering to that guidance in the best interest of our community. While we are not presently offering medical exemptions, if you are unable to wear a mask due to a personal or medical condition, we encourage you to find a colleague or peer who can take your place. 

The International Roofing Expo is prioritizing safety by adhering to expert guidance from the city of New Orleans health officials. Given the city of New Orleans has recently updated its policies, requiring masks indoors regardless of vaccination status, all guests will be required to wear a mask at the event in compliance with that mandate.  

Questions?

If you have further questions or concerns, contact us on [email protected].