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2021 Health and Safety Precautions


Below you will find the current FAQ for information on the SHOT Show and COVID-19 guidelines. This is an evolving website, and information will be updated continuously. We encourage you to return to this page for any updates.

All 2021 SHOT Show registrants will be required to agree to these guidelines by clicking to confirm a participant waiver at the end of the registration process. Click here to preview this agreement.

Last Updated: October 26, 2020

General Questions

Yes. In accordance with current Nevada state requirements, face masks will be required at both the Sands Expo Center and Caesars Forum. The SHOT Show has procured face masks for all individuals attending the show in case you arrive without one.

Yes. Both the Sands Expo Center and Caesars Forum will be conducting temperature checks upon entry. Thermal scanners are deployed at each entry point to the resorts to allow security officers to conduct instantaneous non-invasive temperature checks. The purpose of the thermal scan is to detect elevated temperatures in those entering. By entering, you will be consenting to be scanned. Any person who has scanned a temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or above will be discretely informed so they may have a secondary screening. Those confirmed to have a temperature at or over 100.4°F (38°C) will undergo further medical assessment and be directed to appropriate medical care. Please note: Our thermal scanning is not a medical diagnosis or guarantee that anyone entering the resort has a fever or does not have a fever. If you prefer not to enter the resort, we respect your decision.

If you develop symptoms during your stay or encounter any concerns about suspected COVID-19 cases while at the show, we will be working in concert with our facilities’ security staff. If you are feeling sick, they request that you remain in place. The resorts have teams of certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), available 24 hours a day. If alerted to a suspected case of COVID-19, the resort’s  security will direct the guest toward appropriate medical care through their EMTs, who follow the direction of local health authorities.

  • Require use of face coverings, frequent hand washing and social distancing
  • Significantly increase entrance and exit areas to the exhibit halls to spread out gatherings of people more evenly throughout the facilities
  • Designate entrance and exit areas to control and screen visitors with discrete daily health queries, incorporating non-invasive thermal cameras, etc.
  • Reduce number of people at registration by requiring preregistration and mailing of badges
  • Prohibit new registrations on site so only pre-qualified and registered individuals will arrive at the SHOT Show
  • Configure traffic flow with one-way aisles
  • Install hand sanitizing stations throughout the show, and provide hand sanitizer to each and every individual attending the show
  • Enhance physical cleaning with hourly sanitizing of high-traffic areas throughout the show floor and common areas, including doorways, elevators and escalators
  • Collaborate with the Sands Expo Center, Venetian Resort and Caesars Entertainment in their advancements to be among the first in the nation to pursue certification for safety measures aimed at outbreak prevention through actions such as sanitizing the facility nightly. You can find more information of how the Sands Expo Center and Venetian Resort are combating COVID-19 by CLICKING HERE.

Yes. The SHOT Show staff, contractors and exhibit staff will be REQUIRED to follow the SHOT Show safety protocols, including use of personal protective equipment at all times, health queries, temperature checks, frequent hand washing, etc. Exhibitor Appointed Contractors (EAC) and union labor will also be REQUIRED to follow the SHOT Show’s safety protocols, as well as ESCA safety guidelines.

In accordance with current state regulations and requirements of the facilities, it is anticipated that access to the SHOT Show will require daily safety screenings and dissemination of safety information to every individual.  Communications will be established through text messaging, so unique cell phone numbers and smart phone technology will be required by every show registrant to gain access to the show.  Cell phone numbers provided will be used only for attendee safety and in accordance with state guidelines and provided to public health officials, if required. Numbers will be purged 60 days after the show, unless management is legally required to maintain the phone number. Cell phone numbers will not be shared or used for promotions by show management or any third parties.

With respect to hotel rooms booked through onPeak, every reservation is held without deposit until December 16.  If the show is not permitted to take place, all reservations will be canceled without a deposit being taken so there will be no cancellation fees due.  If you decide not to attend the SHOT Show, you will be able to cancel your reservation up to December 15 without a cancellation fee.  


As for the Venetian|Palazzo, they have always had a one-night nonrefundable deposit policy, and that still holds should someone choose to cancel their reservation.  However, if the SHOT Show is not permitted to take place, the Venetian|Palazzo will return the deposit this year. 

Attendee/Media Questions

If the 2021 SHOT Show is not permitted to take place, a policy has been adopted whereby 50% of the fees paid will be returned to you and the other 50% will be given to you in a credit for the 2022 SHOT Show. *Note: the credit is to be used by the 2021 SHOT Show registrant and cannot be transferred to another attendee/activity. Only attendees registered before December 1, 2020 qualify for refunds.

No. If NSSF does not cancel the show, the standard “NO REFUND” policy applies.

Yes. We will likely have limited capacity, so register early. If the SHOT Show is canceled, you will receive a refund of 50%, and we will still have virtual education for anyone who registers.

Any capacity limits imposed will be based upon the then-current restrictions imposed by Clark County, the State of Nevada and the governing bodies that hold jurisdiction over the convention facilities.

Yes. Buyers are permitted to register and bring a spouse.

Attendee registration does not currently have a limit, but it will be monitored based on current or proposed guidance from local regulatory agencies.

No. The 2021 SHOT Show will continue to be a business-to-business trade event, and enthusiasts will not be permitted entry to the show.

If you are registered and approved by December 17, 2020, you will receive your badge in the mail. We require preshow registration, as there will not be an opportunity for people to register on site.

No. There will be no onsite registration.

We will have places where badges can be printed at both the Sands Expo Center and Caesars Forum. We do ask that you try to register before the deadline for receiving a badge in the mail to ensure shorter lines.

Due to current guidelines, we will be limiting activities in which large gatherings take place, including the State of the Industry and Caliber Club.

Exhibitor Questions

NSSF’s new SHOT Show refund policy for the 2021 SHOT Show is as follows: “In the event NSSF or the local, state or federal government orders require the cancelation of the 2021 SHOT Show due to COVID-19 pandemic, exhibitors will receive a 50 percent refund and a 50 percent rollover credit for the 2022 SHOT Show.” The full copy of that email can be found by Clicking Here.

This new policy provides you with the full value on your investment while allowing NSSF — The Firearm Industry Trade Association — to continue its critical work on your behalf.

We recommend each exhibitor create their own plan for the design and operation of their booth space to accommodate for social distancing and keep a safe environment for their respective staff and guests. This would include designing booth elements to provide for a traffic flow as well as abstaining from in-booth activities that generate crowds (e.g., celebrity signings and product demonstrations).

Only key contacts are allowed to pick up all badges onsite. During the registration process the key contact will be able to name the person who is picking up the badges as well as when and where they will be picking up. Please note that all registration sites will close on January 6, 2021. All staff must be registered prior to this date.

Yes. We will have locations for onsite assistance for any last-minute changes and additions. We will be requiring that the key contact be the person who adds and changes badges, as well as picks up badges, to limit the number of people in these locations.

Yes. We will have limited capacity, so register early. If the SHOT Show is canceled, you will receive a refund of 50%, and we will still have virtual education for anyone who registers.

You can see the 2021 SHOT Show badge allotment by clicking here. Unlike in past years, however, exhibitors will not be permitted to exceed their allotment. We would also like to encourage our exhibitors to bring only essential staff members to the SHOT Show to reduce the amount of people in booths and in the aisles to best accommodate social distancing and maximize the opportunity for customers and valued buyers to attend the show.

SHOT Show® Exhibitor Guidance

August 1, 2020

With the continuing issue of COVID-19 as states reopen their economies, increasingly exhibitors are asking what NSSF is doing to ensure that the 2021 SHOT Show is held in a safe and responsible manner. This guidance is offered to help exhibitors plan for their participation in the show and to ensure the health and safety of their staff and customers.

We continue to pay close attention to the guidance offered by state and federal agencies and to news from the medical community, along with developments impacting the trade show, travel and hospitality industries. As we learn more about what the requirements will be for holding the SHOT Show in January, we will update this guidance.

New items in this guidance document are called out in italics. We have also added our newly revised refund policy for attendees.

Health and Safety
  • Face masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn by all attendees, exhibitors, EACs, labor and contractors while on the show floor and in public areas contracted by the SHOT Show.
  • We plan to provide masks and personal hand sanitizer for our guests.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be clearly marked and located throughout both Caesars Forum and the Sands Expo Center.
  • All who enter the show will be subject to temperature checks before entering the show.
  • There will be enhanced onsite medical services to ensure the safety of all guests.
Social Distancing Guidelines
  • The current social distancing guidelines in Las Vegas (Phase 2) require that all persons maintain six feet between themselves and allow for 50% of the listed occupancy.
  • As the parameters for business conferences and trade shows are established, we will update this guidance.
Show Floor Navigation
  • In order to reduce crowding and lines each morning, attendees will be assigned an entry door for entry into the show. Once in the show, attendees may move about freely from one hall to another while observing one-way aisles and social distancing in accordance with the guidelines in effect at that time.
  • All aisles will be clearly designated as one-way to promote social distancing.
  • Entrances and exits will be clearly designated as entrance-only or exit-only and monitored by security.
  • Show floor navigation will be clearly marked on floor plan maps, onsite signage, and on the SHOT Show Planner and app.
  • There will not be onsite registration for new attendees so that we can avoid having 2,000 people lined up for several hours on opening morning. This will also ensure appropriate occupancy levels will be maintained and assist with each attendee feeling safe and comfortable at the show.
  • All attendees and exhibitors will have to register in advance using our online registration that will open October 1, 2020.
Refund Policy
  • If the show is not permitted to take place, exhibitors will receive a 50% refund and a 50% rollover toward their exhibiting fees for the 2022 SHOT Show.
  • If the show is not permitted to take place, attendees who register before December 1 will receive a 50% refund and a 50% rollover for the 2022 SHOT Show for both their registration fee and paid education sessions.
Education Sessions
  • We will have fewer live education sessions and hold them in larger rooms so that we can maintain social distancing and ensure the rooms are thoroughly cleaned between each session.
  • The attendance capacity of these sessions will be capped in accordance with the social distancing guidelines in effect at the time of the show.
  • If there is sufficient demand, we may offer the same session multiple times during the show so that as many people as possible can attend.
  • If the show is canceled, we will deliver the education sessions online for paid attendees.
Exhibitor Badge Allotment
  • For the 2021 SHOT Show, we will limit exhibitors to their badge allotment, which is calculated based on the square footage of your exhibit, to promote social distancing within your booth.
  • Unlike past shows, exhibitors will not be permitted to buy additional badges.
Non-Exhibiting Manufacturers
  • In the past non-exhibiting manufacturers have been credentialed so that they may evaluate the show in anticipation of exhibiting. For the 2021 SHOT Show, those non-exhibiting manufacturers who have attended two or more past shows will not be credentialed to promote social distancing and reduce crowd density.
Press Room
  • We will limit the number of people in the press room at any given time in order to ensure social distancing and maintain a safe environment in the press room.
Food Service
  • The Sands Expo Center, Venetian and Caesars Forum are all designing food service protocols and menus in accordance with best practices during this time. You can find precise efforts being taken by each venue in the guidance documents linked below.
Exhibit Design Best Practices
  • Have a staff member disinfect products and displays on a frequent basis. You can either have your own staff member perform this or hire the appropriate service providers that may be contracted specifically for this service based on your booth location.
  • If possible, designate and control entrance and exit points into your booth.
  • Implement signage to gently remind attendees of physical distancing throughout the booth.
  • Designate area required for social distancing with markers around product or demos.
  • Set meeting rooms with an open ceiling to promote air.
  • Place stools for demonstrations at a safe distance.
  • Consider touchless lead retrieval to eliminate handling business cards.
  • Consider eliminating booth giveaways, including swag and brochures.
  • Consider having sanitizer stations within your booth.
  • Consider bringing fewer furnishings and structures to allow for more space inside the booth, assisting with social distancing.
Additional Guidance Documents
  • Caesars Health and Safety Protocols can be found here.
  • The Venetian Clean protocol document for all events held at the Venetian, Palazzo and Sands Expo Center can be found here.
  • All Las Vegas hotel partners’ health and safety protocols can be found here.
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