Health & Safety Guidelines

Reopening Responsibly

Health & Safety is Our Top Priority

People are what make Washington, DC an unforgettable place to live, work and visit. The health and safety of our clients and guests is our top priority as Events DC reopens for business during COVID-19.

As Events DC continues to respond to the pandemic, we are enhancing sanitation, providing additional training for staff, and making physical improvements to our facilities across the District to protect the health of our employees, customers, guests, and our community.

In accordance with guidelines issued by the DC Department of Health and Executive Office of the Mayor, Events DC has instituted a proof-of-vaccine requirement for all guests in our venues.

As of January 15, 2022, all guests 12 years and older are required to show proof of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine before entering an Events DC venue. 

As of February 15, 2022, all guests 12 years and older are required to show proof being fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Acceptable types of proof of vaccination include (subject to change):

  • CDC issued 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

We are invested in getting the capital’s vibrant economy growing again responsibly. Along with other local public health, business, entertainment and recreation leaders serving on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s ReOpen DC Advisory Group, Events DC is taking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and DC Health to ensure that our decisions are well-informed and consistent with best industry practices.

We are also listening to our employees and customers. The core values embodied in our award-winning Strive for Five customer service program – Respect, Professionalism, Communication, Teamwork and Accountability – demonstrates our commitment to delivering safe and memorable event experiences for everyone as we reopen our venues and resume our services.

Events DC has earned GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation for the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Entertainment and Sports Arena and DC Armory from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC)®, a Division of ISSA, for its preeminent cleaning, disinfection and infection prevention strategies.

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Find out what else we’re doing to safely welcome you back to the District’s premier sports, entertainment and meeting venues. 



COVID-19 Initiatives

Thermal Scanning at Entrances

We are deploying no contact, real-time multi-person thermal scanning throughout the Convention Center and Entertainment & Sports Arena. Using the latest technology from Certify.Me and Kogniz, we are able to measure body temperatures of individuals and groups of people entering the venues and use artificial intelligence to factor in environmental effects on individuals. 


Enhanced Sanitation Practices

Our Aramark Environmental Services team’s commitment to aggressive cleaning and hygiene has led them to implement the Aramark EverSafe™ sanitation, disinfection and hygiene program, an integrated and enhanced cleaning, sanitation and disinfection program.

Cutting-Edge Disinfection

In partnership with SurfaceGuard, we have deployed its high-grade COVID-19 remediation and health and safety reporting system at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Entertainment &Sports Arena, DC Armory and The Fields at RFK Campus as part of their venues’ health and safety reopening efforts. 

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Review our Back to Business Guidelines and view our videos to see how we continue to make DC happen.

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