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.  All Events DC staff are required to be fully vaccinated.

Mayor Bowser announced the lifting of the district-wide vaccine requirement for indoor facilities, effective February 15, 2022. Guests attending events at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Entertainment & Sports Arena and other Events DC venues will no longer be required to verify their vaccination status. However, we will accommodate individual event organizers that choose to require proof-of-vaccination for their events and guests should confirm the protocols in advance.

Face masks are optional inside all Events DC venues starting March 1, 2022. 

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 the WELL Health-Safety Rating and GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation for the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Entertainment & Sports Arena and DC Armory. The WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all new and existing building and space types focusing on operational policies, maintenance protocols, stakeholder engagement and emergency plans to address a post-COVID-19 environment now and into the future. The GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation is awarded by 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. 

Explore How We're Getting Back to Business

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