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IHA Releases On-Site Covid-19 Protocols For The Inspired Home Show

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Following its January meeting, the International Housewares Association Board of Directors says that The Inspired Home Show 2022 will take place March 5-7, with COVID-19 safety-related policies and protocols established. A shortened schedule for the event has been released.

Before collecting a badge at Chicago’s McCormick Place that provides access to The Inspired Home Show, all exhibitors and attendees will be required to demonstrate proof of vaccination or produce a negative COVID-19 test that had been administered in the previous 72 hours. This includes exhibitors and personnel related to set-up and tear-down of the event. 

The review of proof of vaccination and negative tests will be facilitated by a third-party company hired by the show. Details including full instructions on how to provide vaccination or testing information will be released in the future.

State of Illinois and city of Chicago mandates

Once onsite at McCormick Place, exhibitors and attendees must also follow the additional protocols mandated by the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago. 

Currently, these include an indoor masking mandate and a proof of vaccination requirement to purchase and consume food and beverages in designated communal eating/drinking areas. 

To-go orders are permitted regardless of vaccination status. Updated details on these mandates can be found on the city of ChicagoCook County and the McCormick Place websites. 

The city of Chicago mandate means that proof of vaccination will be required to attend any IHA events during The Inspired Home Show that are food and beverage-centric, including the Independent Retailer Networking Reception on March 4, the gia Award Dinner and Gala on March 5, and the Networking After Dark reception on March 6. 

Although proof of vaccination will be required to eat in the onsite cafés, “grab and go” options will be made available to all attendees. 

Onsite rapid and PCR testing to be provided 

Rapid antigen and PCR testing will be available onsite at The Inspired Home Show so that international visitors can test in advance of returning to their home country, creating an easy and effective way for international attendees to adhere to travel policies. 

If needed, unvaccinated attendees can also use this service to be tested onsite to demonstrate a negative test in order to enter the show.

Show reduced to three days

As an added safety precaution, the IHA Board of Directors has decided to eliminate the last day of the 2022 show. The Inspired Home Show 2022 will take place from March 5-7. It will resume its normal four-day pattern in March of 2023.

Logistical information related to the change in schedule for exhibitors’ move-out dates will be communicated in the near future. Changes to hotel reservations made through OnPeak, IHA’s official housing provider, can be made with no penalty for all show exhibitors and attendees.

Search engine-related confusion 

It has come to IHA’s attention recently that many search queries made through Google are returning information from third-party sites that are inaccurate. 

The Inspired Home Show 2022 is taking place as planned, except for the shortened schedule as noted above

The association is working to have the inaccurate information removed; in the meantime, disregard any search results that indicate the show is cancelled. Any and all updates about the show will come directly from IHA and will be displayed on the official show website.

Visit The Inspired Home Show’s COVID-19 Information Page for the most up-to-date information on event-related protocols, as well as show and policy FAQs.

The International Housewares Association is a not-for-profit, full-service association that sponsors the world’s premier exposition of products for the home, The Inspired Home Show, IHA’s Global Home + Housewares Market. 

The association offers its 1,400 member companies a wide range of services, including industry and government advocacy, export assistance, industry and consumer trends through the IHA Market Watch Report, executive management peer groups, a B2B community at housewares.org, group buying discounts on business solutions services, direct-to-consumer engagement through theinspiredhome.com and an independent news and information platform through homepagenews.com.

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