COVID Safety Information

*In accordance with the mandates set by Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District of Columbia on December 22, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will require all show guests age 12 and older to show proof of vaccination and corresponding ID to enter. This is in addition to the District of Columbia’s requirement to wear a mask while inside the convention center.

The health and safety of our exhibitors, sponsors, attendees, and show staff is our team’s highest priority. As we plan for the 2022 Washington, D.C. Auto Show (January 21-30), we’re taking proactive steps in response to the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron. In accordance with Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District of Columbia, all show guests are required to wear a mask while inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and show proof of vaccination upon entering (including proof of the first dose for children 12 and older). Additional comprehensive preventative measures will also be implemented throughout the show days. This includes increased sanitation and hand washing stations, and regular cleaning and disinfecting of high touch areas. 

We’ll continue updating our show policy plan according to ongoing public safety announcements made by the District of Columbia and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All pertinent information will be relayed via our website, social media channels, press contacts, email messaging, and additional channels. 

We appreciate all of the support and feedback we have received since the announcement of our show’s return, and we’ll do everything in our power to host the 2022 Auto Show in a safe and exciting way for all of our participants.

Official VaxDC: Vaccination Entry Requirement for Certain Businesses Guideline


From Mayor Bowser’s Office
Updated December 22, 2021

Beginning Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 6:00 a.m. certain establishments will be required to verify that patrons ages 12 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Proof of vaccination will be required at:

  • Restaurants, bars, nightclubs
  • Indoor cultural and entertainment facilities
  • Indoor exercise and recreational establishments
  • Indoor event and meeting establishments

Acceptable types of Proof of Vaccination include:

  • CDC issues vaccination card: original or photocopy or photo
  • Immunization record print out from the patient portal of their vaccine/healthcare provider
  • A COVID-19 Verification App such as VaxYes or CLEAR

Exemptions for providing proof of vaccination are those who are medically exempt or unable to take the vaccine out of a sincerely held religious belief. In this case, you must complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Form and one of the following must be shown:

  • Patrons who have and show documentation of medical or religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine must provide a negative PCR or antigen test within the last 24 hours.
  • Documentation of a medical exemption, such as a note from a medical provider.
  • Documentation of a religious exemption, such as an attestation from the patron that they have a sincerely held religious belief.


Global Biorisk Advisory Council Star FacilityThe Walter E. Washington Convention Center is a GBAC STAR™ accredited facility. GBAC STAR™ is an outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation. This performance-based program establishes requirements to assist facilities with work practices, protocols, procedures, and systems to control risks associated with infectious agents, such as SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. This is the “gold standard” for sanitization. For more information on GBAC STAR™ accreditation, please visit

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