International Housewares Association: Health and Safety Policy


Registrants will be expected to accept and comply with the following policies and procedures as a condition of participating in The Inspired Home Show.

Health Entry Requirement:

  • All show participants will be required to demonstrate proof of vaccination OR produce a negative Covid-19 test that had been administered in the previous 72 hours. Natural immunity is also accepted for those individuals with proof of positive, verifiable Covid-19 test taken at least 10 days before the Show’s opening and no longer than three months before the Show’s opening. Documentation must be provided before collecting a badge at McCormick Place for access to The Inspired Home Show. The review of documentation will be facilitated by a third-party company hired by the Show. 
  • Per CDC guidelines, you are considered fully vaccinated:
    • 2 weeks (14 days) after your dose of an accepted single-dose vaccine
    • 2 weeks (14 days) after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series
    • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of vaccines administered at least 17 days apart
  • A booster dose is not needed to meet this requirement.
  • Rapid antigen and PCR testing will be available onsite at The Inspired Home Show so that unvaccinated participants can be tested onsite to demonstrate a negative test in order to enter the Show.
  • Details including full instructions on how to provide documentation will be emailed to participants prior to the Show. 

State of Illinois and City of Chicago Mandates:

Regardless of changes to the State of Illinois and/or City of Chicago policies, masks will be required while on-site at The Inspired Home Show, and we ask that all attendees comply with this policy throughout all common areas including while walking in the aisles, when visiting displays, while watching presentations and when visiting registration and information counters. Guidelines within each individual exhibitor’s booth may vary.

By registering for and attending The Inspired Home Show 2022 and all related events sponsored by IHA, you acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume all risk that you may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19. You accept sole responsibility for and release and discharge IHA and the venue, and their respective employees, agents and representatives from all claims, causes of action, liabilities, costs and expenses of any kind related to COVID-19 prevention, mitigation, or illness that you or those with whom you come into close contact. You also agree to abide by all rules, warnings and instructions set by IHA and the venue where the event is held and any government authority with respect to social distancing, adherence to any mandatory face coverings, sanitation guidelines and other rules. IHA’s policies are subject to change in the event that federal or state mandates are amended. You further agree not to attend the event if you are experiencing symptoms, have been diagnosed with, or suspect you may have been infected by COVID-19.

Thank you for adhering to all safety measures and precautions for the benefit of the entire industry.