Health and Safety

Our Commitment to Your Health & Well-Being

We are so excited to be able to offer you the experience of a safe, in-person NHLA Annual Convention.  NHLA will be following COVID-19 safety guidelines in accordance with the CDC, Palm Beach County, the State of Florida, and Federal Mandates.

It is important to note, that there are three primary partners servicing the 2021 NHLA Annual Convention. The Palm Beach County Convention Center, Hilton West Palm Beach, and the West Palm Beach Marriott.  We will be working closely with our partner facilities to design a safe environment for all attendees, speakers, and staff. Each facility is fully committed to the health and safety of its guests and attendees to the convention.

What to Expect *Updated on 8/18/21

On August 2, Palm Beach County Florida issued an order requiring masks to be worn inside all county government-operated facilities.  

What does this mean to you and your convention experience?  

It means that currently, masks will need to be worn inside the Palm Beach County Convention Center by all NHLA Convention attendees, regardless of vaccination status.  

  • It also means that there is NO mask requirement outside of county government buildings.  
  • Masks are NOT* required at the Hilton West Palm Beach or the West Palm Beach Marriott. 
  • Masks are NOT required at events that are held outside.  
  • Masks are NOT required to be worn in Palm Beach County itself, such as restaurants, shops, etc. 

(*Both the Hilton and Marriott Hotel suggest that masks be worn by those who are not fully vaccinated.)

NHLA is complying with county health officials’ requirements and will have masks available for attendees as needed. In addition to wearing masks at the Convention Center, the following health and wellness initiatives will be used. 

  • Attendees will see an enhanced cleaning presence throughout the Palm Beach County Convention Center building.
  • Free-standing hand sanitizing stations will be abundant and near all entry and exit points of the facility, and food service areas.
  • The Exhibit Hall will be closed nightly for cleaning and additional sanitizing
  • NHLA Staff will undergo wellness checks each day.
  • Palm Beach County Convention Center team members will undergo a non-invasive wellness check prior to being granted entry into the building that will include temperature checks and screening questions.
  • We are currently working on offering on-site COVID testing for attendees that need proof for traveling. 

We want to thank you for your continued support of NHLA. The in-person Annual Convention & Exhibit Showcase is moving forward, and this year more than ever we’re all in it together. 

The Palm Beaches Pledge 

The Palm Beaches is asking cities, attractions, hotels, restaurants, museums, and more to be part of The Palm Beaches Pledge. It’s a promise to follow official guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about our Pledge.

GBAC STAR™ Accreditation

The Palm Beaches is one of the first destinations in the United States and the first destination in Florida to pursue the Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s (GBAC) accreditation on a destination-wide basis.  It involves third-party validation for facilities demonstrating they have the work practices, procedures, and protocols to prepare, respond and recover from outbreaks. See those who have received accreditation. 

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