How to Set Up Event Venues for Social Distancing

The Monterey Conference Center and the Palm Springs Convention Center have transformed their layouts to help thwart the spread of COVID-19.


For the time being, most states have prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people. But conference venues and convention centers are readying for when those restrictions will be lifted and events can resume. 

Venues such as the Monterey Conference Center and the Palm Springs Convention Center in California have updated their layouts to account for social distancing. The new models showcase a way forward for the events industry and can help assuage the health concerns of speakers, sponsors and attendees. 

"We understand the desire and the need for face-to-face meetings and to that end, our team has put together our health and safety promise," said Rob Hampton, general manager of the Palm Springs Convention Center in a 12-minute video that walks viewers thorough all the changes the venue has made. "It is designed with information from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, government mandates and guidelines outlined in the venue shield program from ASM Global. The health and safety of our clients, meeting attendees and supplier partners is of the utmost importance."

Nearly every aspect of the live event experience must be rethought in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, from seating in the banquet halls and meeting rooms to the setup up of sponsor booths and meal stations. Read the full story on to see some of the changes that meeting planners can expect to encounter when in-person gatherings resume.