Health and Safety

The health and safety of our exhibitors, attendees and staff remains our top priority and the Javits Center is among the safest venues in the country

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping our community safe and informed has been NY NOW and Emeralds’ top priority. Given that COVID-19 infections continue to plunge and statewide vaccination rates for adults are reaching 95%, the Javits Convention Center, along with the City of New York, has changed its policy towards mask and vaccine mandates. While still strongly encouraged, face coverings and vaccines will no longer be required effective Monday, March 7, 2022. Javits employees and labor will still need to show proof of vaccination.

The NY NOW team is monitoring the situation daily and following the guidelines set forth by our federal and local government and health agencies and we are in close, ongoing contact with local authorities. If these policies changes, we will update you as soon as possible.

The NY NOW team follows all city, state, and Javits Center health and safety guidelines and while there are no current regulations in place specific to monkeypox, we will continue to monitor the situation closely.

The Javits Center is among the safest venues in the country:

  • It has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) accreditation, meaning it follows the highest standards for cleaning and sanitization.
  • It has installed hospital-grade High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters to improve filtration. The entire volume of air in the venue is exchanged five times a day.
  • Installation of hand-sanitizing stations in public areas.
  • Installation of socially distanced seating in all food and beverage areas.

NY City and State Event Attendance Guidelines
In accordance with New York State and City guidelines for large-scale indoor events, the Javits Convention Center is now requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for admission to the convention center. This includes all event organizers, contractors, exhibitors, and attendees, who will be required to show proof of vaccination in order to enter the convention center. In addition, all visitors to the Javits Center are required to wear a face covering regardless of vaccination status.

    Javits Center is proud to serve as a part of New York’s economic resurgence. They are working closely with NY NOW staff, government partners, and industry stakeholders to ensure operations are as safe, efficient, and effective as possible.  This includes following all New York State and New York City COVID-19 safety protocols, including the Key to NYC program.

    Here’s a list of some COVID testing sites in New York City:

    • CityMD West 42nd Urgent Care – NYC
      345 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
      Note: Be sure to have your ID. This site offers free COVID testing
    • MedRite Urgent Care
      521 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
      Note: Test is free for US residents only, please be sure to have your ID. If you live outside of the US, the fee is $125
    • UrgentWay Manhattan
      535 8th Avenue, 6th Floor, New York, 10018
      Note: Test is free for US residents only, please be sure to have your ID. If you live outside of the US, the fee is $150
    • Statcare Urgent & Walk-In Medical Care (Midtown Manhattan)
      715 9th Avenue, Suite 1, New York, NY 10019