Meet Safe in Atlanta

Updated: July 29, 2021

EXPO 2021 is looking forward to welcoming our attendees and exhibitors back to Atlanta. EXPO will be one of the first trade shows in 2021 to help lead the way of offering face-to-face networking and learning experiences.

Produced by the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA), SFPA and EXPO is committed to creating an event experience where our participants can safely and effectively come together. We are taking extra precautions, beyond those mandated by local authorities and governmental agencies, including the recommendation of wearing face masks entering the Georgia World Congress Center Building A.

Below is a list of the health measures we have in place and how you will play a role in helping us move forward with an in-person event safely. In addition to EXPO’s safety protocols, the Georgia World Congress Center has implemented a program of stringent processes for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention under its GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation. For more information, please visit:

Cleaning & Hygiene


ENHANCED CLEANING: There will be enhanced sanitation throughout the course of the event, with a focus on 'high-touch areas', such as door handles, restrooms, and food and beverage areas.


PERSONAL HYGIENE: The Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition (FPMEE) will provide sanitizer stations throughout the show floor and encourage all participants to regurlarly wash and disenfect their hands.

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INCREASED AIR CIRCULATION: The Georgia World Congress Center's HVAC systems will remain running throughout the course of the event, designed to introduce fresh air into the building at a constant basis.

Physical Distancing


NON-CONTACT REGISTRATION: Through increased use of technology, FPMEE aims to minimize lines and entry transactions. Visitors are encouraged to register online before the show enabling barcode scanning and contactless entry. Registration and customer service area will have a partition between visitors and staff.


CROWD DENSITY STANDARD (CDS): Credential scanning upon entering the exhibit hall will allow show management to monitor the number of people on the show floor to ensure that each person is able to maintain 6' of distance, or 28 square feet of personal space.


PHYSICAL DISTANCING: The Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition is following a 3-foot radius distance/6 feet of physical distance per person. Lounges, table rounds, seating areas will be arranged to ensure physical distancing.

Protect and Detect

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DAILY HEALTH SURVEY: Forest Products EXPO attendees, exhibitors, and staff are required to submit a daily health survey through Health 42 Shield. More information about the daily screening may be found HERE.


PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE): Guests are encouraged to wear face coverings where appropriate or when physical distancing is not achievable. Face coverings are not required within the GWCC building. Masks will be available on-site if a guest does not have their own.


FIRST AID: The Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition has contracted with a qualified first aid responder for any immediate medical need or medically related questions.