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7/9/2020: Great news! The Anaheim Convention Center just received its GBAC Accreditation. It is the first convention center on the west coast to do so. Please click here for details regarding the accreditation.


7/1/2020: The Anaheim Convention Center's Recovery Plan can be found here. You can view the Anaheim Convention Center campus hotel's plans by clicking here.

6/29/2020: The Anaheim Convention Center has released an updated recovery plan. Please click here for a PDF.

As we transition to a post-COVID-19 world, all necessary precautions are being taken for STAFDA’s Anaheim Convention & Trade Show. The STAFDA office is closely working with the Anaheim Convention Center, Visit Anaheim, Freeman (our show contractor), and two host hotels – the Anaheim Marriott and Hilton Anaheim – to provide attendees with the cleanest and safest environment for our business meeting. These vendors already have stringent cleaning policies in place and STAFDA’s guidelines will be on top of their standards.

As of June 22, 2020 – The State of California is in Phase 3 of their four Phases.  Phase 3 reopenings include salons, gyms, movie theaters, places of worship, concerts, convention centers, and theme parks. Many businesses, including sports, theme parks, and the Anaheim Convention Center, will span Phases 3 and 4 in stages. Phase 3 took effect in mid-May.

California is allowing counties to work at their own pace through phases as they address healthcare system needs for COVID-19 and file a readiness plan with the state. On June 18, the Governor required all residents to wear face coverings when in public.

Anaheim is working with Orange County officials to move through phases as quickly and safely as possible.  Websites with updates include:  and

Here’s what to expect at the STAFDA Registration Desk:

  • No-touch, self-check-in for badges: Attendees will scan their bar code from their badge confirmation sheet or smartphone. Their badge will print automatically with NO action on the computer required. The printer will face the attendee where they will remove their badge and pick up their own lanyard.

  • All onsite registrations will be handled with STAFDA’s staff members, again no-touch.

  • Each onsite registration station will be staffed by the same person each day. Disinfectant wipes and spray will be utilized multiple times a day and each evening/morning before registration opens.

  • ALL registration counters will utilize Plexiglass shields to create a barrier between the registrant and registration staffers.

  • The onsite program — including attendee lists, booth information, and the agenda — will all be within the STAFDA app. There will be no printed hard copy.

In addition:

  • Inline booths will be assigned every other space for social distancing

  • There will be a designated entrance and exit to the Trade Show

  • Meeting rooms are being reconfigured to allow for more distance between attendees

  • Hand sanitizers will be available throughout the building and in the Trade Show

The Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) will have hand sanitizers throughout the building and public spaces will be disinfected several times a day, including rest rooms. Touch-free doors and entryways will also be the norm. Freeman will provide floor graphics to denote social distancing and other signage to assist STAFDA with attendee safety and flow. Both the Marriott and Hilton will offer remote registration and are reviewing policies about accessing elevators, guest rooms, concierge lounges, as well as their public space (restaurants and bars).

This is still a fluid learning curve for STAFDA and its key vendors. As the year progresses, STAFDA will keep members updated on additional safety measures for the Anaheim Convention & Trade Show.  

Special Note: In the event Anaheim City officials, the state of California, or the U.S. government issues a lockdown due to a resurgence of COVID-19 or any other national crisis forcing STAFDA to cancel its November 8-10 Convention & Trade Show in Anaheim, 100% of Convention fees will be refunded to the member.