How NPE is Responding

The NPE2021 Team continues to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We recognize the challenges that you, our exhibitors, as well as elected officials, health administrators and others are facing in making hard decisions aimed at protecting and treating communities in the U.S. and around the world.

The plastics industry and its millions of employees globally are working tirelessly to provide the materials needed at the frontlines. From medical supplies and containers, to food packaging and manufacturers retooling equipment and machinery, plastics are essential in the effort to stop the spread of this virus. We are confident the role of plastics will only become more vital with this fight and after, as we all work towards a “new normal.” We will get through this challenging period together and will emerge stronger.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the NPE2021 Team at We are here for you and with you.  Stay healthy and stay safe!

Best regards,

Susan Krys
Vice President, Trade Shows
Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)


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With NPE2021 coming up in May, we continue to monitor the pandemic and its global impact. We anticipate that things will turn around in the coming months, leading up to an especially vibrant and necessary NPE2021 that will provide the entire industry a platform to recapture lost revenues and business opportunities, and the chance to see colleagues and old friends once again.

The plastics industry is eager to get back to business, and from the solid NPE2021 show floor which is more than 91% sold out with 1+ million net square feet of exhibit space sold, and new exhibitors requesting space on an on-going basis, all indications are that people are looking to NPE® as the platform that will provide a dynamic marketplace for the end-to-end plastics supply chain to do business.  Based on the dynamic, rapidly changing environment, we feel there is sufficient time for significant progress to be made, allowing us to stage an especially successful and necessary NPE.

With our attention focused on delivering a successful live event, we have launched a comprehensive marketing and communications campaign through which we will be communicating not only the benefits of making NPE the platform where the plastics industry can begin to return to business, but also the health and safety measures we will be implementing to reduce the risk of contracting the virus.

We have been closely monitoring the situation, including all guidance from governmental health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as information from the State of Florida and the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), and will take into consideration all current health guidelines necessary to create a safe and healthy environment for our show.

 If you are an NPE2021 Exhibitor, please visit for additional information regarding show vendors, including hotel updates.

Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)

The OCCC is monitoring the global COVID-19 outbreak. The safety of their guests and attendees is their No. 1 priority and swift proactive measures have been taken in response to a rapidly evolving situation. Learn more

The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), has received its Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation on outbreak prevention, response, and recovery. Recognized as the gold standard of safe venues, the OCCC is one of the largest venues in the nation to receive the GBAC STAR™ accreditation. Read more 

The OCCC has finalized its unique medical concierge program with Orlando Health for conventions and trade shows being hosted at the OCCC through 2020.

As we look at welcoming guests back into the Orange County Convention Center, Centerplate is focused on one thing – safety. The safety of their employees, our attendees, vendors, and our partners. Click here to view Centerplate’s video on Policies & Procedures for Buffet & Retail Service.

Visit Orlando

On Friday, September 25, 2020, the state of Florida entered Phase 3, including Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties. Executive Order 20-244, issued by Governor DeSantis, moves Florida to a full reopening of the economy, allowing bars, restaurants, theme parks, and most businesses to operate without restrictions. Restaurants can open at full capacity, but counties still have the ability to limit the capacity to no less than 50%. Disney, SeaWorld, and Universal are still running at limited capacity.

The Executive Order maintains that individuals should continue to social-distance and minimize time spent in large crowds, and businesses should practice adequate sanitation practices in order to stem the spread of coronavirus. The executive order still calls for older residents and vulnerable populations with underlying medical conditions to heed caution and avoid large crowds while practicing social distancing.

On September 14, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order allowed bars to reopen statewide at 50% capacity. The Orange County Strike Teams will work closely with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and state Alcohol and Beverage officials, to confirm that all businesses are operating in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Universal Studios, Legoland, SeaWorld, and other theme parks re-opened with social distancing protocols, limits on capacity, and updated health and safety requirements. Disney World, the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, opened July 11 with EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios opening July 15. Read more about how theme parks and attractions are following CDC, state, and county guidelines to help ensure your safety during your visit.

On June 3, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-139 stating that all counties in Florida except Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach may enter Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery went into effect on June 5, 2020.

For additional information, visit

Orlando International Airport’s priority has always been creating the safest way to travel. Watch this to learn about new procedures that have been put in place to ensure a safe and healthy experience.


“At Freeman, we share the goal to support our employees, colleagues, and friends through this crisis. As events return, safety will be the number one priority for people. Freeman is committed to developing new safety standards, protocols, and best practices to help people feel comfortable and safe attending a large event. Visit the safety section on to learn how safety standards and protocols are being addressed.

Read the latest update, Pathways Opening for Trade Shows in the U.S., to learn about several significant steps that have been taken to help move the trade show industry forward. Find other news about trade shows around the world here.

Over the last several months, Freeman has rallied the events industry to advocate to federal, state, and local government on behalf of event businesses and professionals.” Read More

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COVID-19 Resources

Find U.S. information, updates, and resources from the CDC, FEMA, and the Federal Government here.

Additional information about U.S. government updates, as well as state and local resources can be found on the PLASTICS site here

U.S. Federal Government Financial Response Programs

Find information and resources to help with financial assistance for the CARE Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Learn more

COVID-19 and the Economy

Read the latest updates from PLASTICS’ Chief Economist on COVID-19 and its impact on the plastics industry.

Learn more about PLASTICS’ industry data and reports here.

COVID-19 Temporary Trade Measures

The coronavirus pandemic has caused global economic disruptions in trade. According to the International Trade Center, a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations countries imposed temporary trade measures restricting exports and liberalizing imports of critical medical equipment and supplies. These products use plastic materials and plastics. Some of the top sources of U.S. plastics imports such as China and Vietnam, have imposed temporary trade restrictions. Read more 

State-by-State Business Reopening Guidance

Visit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce State-by-State interactive map to track the differences across each state. Read more

Guidelines for Reopening America Again

States are preparing to reopen by issuing guidelines, establishing task forces, and publishing plans. Find the fact sheet, testing overview and blueprint, and state-specific plans. Learn more

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How to Help

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 

If your company is interested in helping the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S., the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has established a website with more information.

Learn more at

COVID-19 Requests

Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) staff has been receiving a number of requests from PLASTICS members who are eager to help donate supplies and other organizations who are in need of help to fulfill product line requests ranging from:

  • PPE
  • Filter material and fasteners for injection molding respirator-style masks
  • 1-gallon bottles and packager/filler operations to fill with hand sanitizer solution
  • Donations of PPE, including medical gloves, hand sanitizer, liquid hand soap, masks, eye/face shields
  • Filter material and fasteners for respirator masks

Find contact/company information for all requests here.

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS)

DISCUS has created the COVID-19 Hand Sanitizer Connection Portal as a resource for distillers looking to produce hand sanitizer – providing multiple resources as well as allowing distillers to complete a form outlining the supplies they need. It also includes a database that consolidates the supplies needed for easy reference by suppliers and package companies. The portal is available for ALL American distillers and suppliers to access. DISCUS is working with numerous partner organizations to help with production and distribution. Read more

American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA)

Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) has aligned with the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) to help fulfill the high demand and shortages for packaging and bottling supplies in order for hand sanitizer to be distributed. Visit the ACSA website to see how you can help.

How the Plastics Industry is Helping

Learn about the essential products Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) members make that are used by patients and healthcare workers to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses.

Our members are making components for critical care machines, disposable medical items, and single-use packaging for treatments and food. Resin manufacturers are churning out material. Companies have added shifts or switched production lines to supply the high demand for personal protective equipment and more. Stories of innovation, hard work, and charity are countless. Read more 

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