Thank you for your continued support and commitment to drive the plastics industry forward and transform tomorrow.

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.

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.

While there are currently no mandates to change exhibit booth layouts of floor plans, based on our review of a number of live event industry guidance documents, NPE Show Management has released a preliminary guidelines document, highly recommending a number of protocols exhibitors should consider following to promote physical distancing and increased safety for attendees and exhibitors. As we are seven months out from the show, we anticipate that these guidelines will be updated as the situation evolves and new information becomes available.

We continue to closely monitor 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.

See below for ongoing updates from the State of Florida and the OCCC.

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, an Executive Order allows 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.

  • September 25, 2020, all of Florida, moved into Phase 3 of reopening with Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-244.
  • September 14, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-139 to move into Phase 2.
  • June 5, 2020, all of Florida, except Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties, moved into Phase 2 of reopening. This included Orange County where NPE2021 will take place next May. Read More
  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order on April 29, providing his plans for Florida’s recovery and reopening.
  • Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings issued an Executive Order on May 1 entitled, “Reopening Orange County and Requiring Social Distancing and Face Coverings.”
  • On May 8, the curfew that had been enacted on March 20 was terminated.
  • On May 18, Governor Ron DeSantis issued a new Executive Order, “Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step,” extending and modifying his order dated April 29, which provided his plan for Florida’s recovery and reopening. This modification allows for restaurants, retail establishments, museums, and gyms to open, allowing for them to resume business, provided they operate at a reduced capacity up to 50% building occupancy. It also provides for professional sports venues to open, allowing them to host trainings, competitions, events, and games.
  • The Orange County government has mandated that any businesses that are open during this phase should meet specific measures, including following all guidelines set forth by the CDC and OSHA that relate to health screenings, temperature checks, sanitizing, and handwashing, as well as social distancing, wearing of face masks, and limiting gatherings to no more than ten people.

Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)

  • The 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 the largest venues in the nation to receive the GBAC STAR™ accreditation. Read More
  • The OCCC is meeting on a regular basis with key stakeholders at Orange County Government, the Florida Department of Health, Visit Orlando, and partner agencies to evaluate this new and rapidly changing situation.
  • A task force has been assembled to ensure business continuity and recovery, and has issued a set of OCCC Recovery and Resiliency Guidelines that their facility and its service provider partners will follow to keep guests, employees, and the community safe.
  • The plan relies on the best available science and research on sanitization methods, in consultation with the Orange County’s Health Services Department, and addresses physical distancing, hand washing and sanitizing, personal protective equipment, and cleaning systems and protocols.
  • The OCCC has finalized its unique medical concierge program with Orlando Health for conventions and trade shows being hosted at the OCCC through 2020.

NPE2021 Show Management Updates

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