With strong public health protocols in place, we look forward to welcoming you to WEFTEC 2021, October 16 to 20.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance regarding face coverings for fully vaccinated persons. For more information, see When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated | CDC

  • If you are fully vaccinated*, you can participate in many of the activities that you did before the pandemic.
  • To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
  • Wearing a mask is most important if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated. If this applies to you or your household, you might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission in your area.
  • You should continue to wear a mask where required by laws, rules, regulations, or local guidance.

*Fully vaccinated is defined as either 2 weeks after a person receives their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after person receives their single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

Excerpts from precautions [see full text of full precautions]:

  • Wear a mask.
  • Stay 6 feet away from others.
  • Get Vaccinated.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Monitor your health daily - be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Please check back here for future updates. We thank you for your commitment to protect the health and well-being of your fellow WEFTEC participants. We look forward to seeing you on-site in Chicago


The City of Chicago is in Phase V of its reopening plan. In this “Protect” phase, most mandatory COVID-19 regulations have been lifted. However, prevention strategies are recommended.

Phase V Guidance Graphic


The Healthy Meetings Chicago online portal showcases what you may experience upon arrival in Chicago and at McCormick Place, highlighting the McCormick Place campus’s Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) accreditation and exhibit hall mechanical ventilation systems, which achieve an indoor air quality Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value of 13 (MERV 13) slightly below the MERV 14 standard for hospitals.

Experience Healthy Meetings Chicago

What can I expect at WEFTEC 2021 in Chicago?

You can expect to see that your health and wellbeing are prioritized, and that a range of measures are in place to maintain a healthy, hygienic, and enjoyable event experience for everyone involved.


WEFTEC 2021 will operate according to the prevailing federal, state, county, and city, laws, regulations and guidelines as they are currently in effect and as they may be in effect over the WEFTEC 2021 dates.  This includes laws, regulations and guidelines issued by the United States (federal), the State of Illinois, Cook County, and the City of Chicago governments, agencies and health authorities as well as venue-specific regulations for McCormick Place.

With the constantly changing environment due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, these laws, regulations and guidelines can change at any time. As such, WEF will be monitoring these laws, regulations and guidelines and will update these health and safety protocols as may be necessary and recommended.

Currently, WEF anticipates that WEFTEC 2021 participants will be required to abide by the following safety and health protocols:

  • Wear masks over their nose and mouth indoors and on shuttle buses regardless of vaccination status - see CDC guidelines issued on July 27, 2021.
  • Participate in daily digital health screenings via questionnaires pushed to registrants’ mobile devices and any other health screenings which may be implemented onsite, including temperature checks and COVID-19 testing.
  • Practice hand hygiene, including hand washing and use of hand sanitizer, which will be available throughout McCormick Place.
  • Limit capacities on shuttle buses and in meeting and session rooms according to physical distancing guidance.

The WEFTEC 2021 venue, McCormick Place, will engage in frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch or high-traffic areas and overnight deep cleaning.

For exhibitor-specific standards, practices and questions, please review the exhibitor FAQs.


Hotels are eager to welcome WEFTEC 2021 guests. Learn what measures each major hotel brand has taken to protect your health and wellness:

How are you going to ensure people stick to the rules?

Everyone is required to read and accept a WEF General and COVID Waiver when they register to participate in WEFTEC 2021.

Health and well-being expectations, protocols, and standards will be communicated to all registrants in advance.

In Chicago, signage and floor markings will be displayed throughout McCormick Place to remind everyone to wear a mask and maintain physical distance as well as to alert them to cleanliness and hygiene expectations for all participants.


The event management team will monitor compliance and issue reminders to participants as may be necessary. Participants can report any concerns to the onsite Conference Management Office (room N427b).

Will I be screened before I enter McCormick Place?


Yes, we anticipate there will be health screenings but, with the ever-changing regulations, we are closely monitoring McCormick Place’s regulations and the advice from government and health authorities on if and how participants should be screened.  We will be issuing notices and text alerts about any onsite procedures, which may change from day to day throughout WEFTEC 2021, depending on the circumstances.

Anyone that self-reports symptoms of concern would be denied entry to McCormick Place.

Will I need to be fully vaccinated in order to participate in WEFTEC 2021?


At this time, neither WEF nor federal, state, county or city regulations require attendees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, but WEF will be monitoring these regulations as well as guidance from local health authorities and will notify attendees of any changes.

If necessary or recommended by federal, state or local authorities and agencies, attendees will be required to either be fully vaccinated or to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72-hours prior to arrival in Chicago at badge pickup/registration and may also need to participate in additional testing onsite at their cost.

Will I have to wear a face mask?


Yes - given the current guidance and recommendations, WEF is asking everyone to wear a well-fitting face mask when visiting the exhibition, attending sessions and meetings, riding shuttle buses, and engaging with other participants. Masks can be removed for eating/drinking.

Participants are expected to bring their own mask(s). Limited quantities of disposable masks will be provided if needed.

Some people are exempt from the requirement to wear a mask, including but not limited to

  • children under the age of 2 years and
  • people with disabilities who cannot wear a mask or cannot safely wear a mask for reasons related to their disability.

If governments or health authorities are advising the use of additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as eye coverings or gloves, we will advise registrants accordingly so they can come prepared.

Will there be enough room to maintain physical distancing?

Exhibition floor plans have been adjusted to enable everyone to maintian physical distance. This includes wider aisles, added spacing between inline booths, and increased space in concession and other seating areas.

In session and meeting rooms, chairs and tables will be spaced according to prevailing physical distancing guidance. Expect extended 45-minute to 1-hour breaks between sessions and meetings to allow for air circulation and cleaning.

If queuing/lining-up is anticipated, we will display signage to remind everyone to maintain the minimum physical distance. We may stagger entry times if we anticipate queues/lines to enter McCormick Place.

Can you guarantee my well-being during WEFTEC 2021?

No environment or space inside or outside of the home can ever be 100% safe. Through measures such as wearing face masks, enhancing cleaning and disinfection, and distancing and crowd management, WEF and our event production partners will work to maintain a healthy, hygienic, and enjoyable event experience for everyone involved.

Our goal is to earn your confidence that we are taking proper precautions, so that you can connect, learn, and do business safely in person.