Showfloor Buzz – June 15, 2021


EACA/EDPA Chicago Announce 18th Annual RSMGC Golf Outing.  The Chicago Randy Charity Golf Outing is back this year on July 26 to support the RSMGC in helping families in the exhibition industry who have suffered severe tragedies or face insurmountable medical expenses, as it has for the past 17 years. We plan on having a great day filled with sun, golf, food, drinks, and best of all, familiar faces!

The RSMGC Golf Outing will take place at Seven Bridges Golf Course and will include a 12pm Shotgun start followed by a dinner reception with raffle prizes.   Visit the Chicago Randy web site to sign up.

For additional information or questions contact Nancy Virene (773-491-6950) or Jackie Hake (773-213-2076).

EACA Zoom Schedule

  • Las Vegas Chapter Zoom Call.   The next Las Vegas Chapter Zoom call will take place on Thursday, June 24 at 11am PT.   Use this link to attend.

EACA Member News

B.E.E.P. Procedures Updated.  The Building Entry Exit Procedures (B.E.E.P.) have been updated at the McCormick Place Complex.  The attached pdf contains instructions to receive a B.E.E.P. badge and the updated locations for entry and exit. 

Each company is responsible for submitting the attached form to [email protected] for badge processing.  You can request badges for multiple individuals at once.  These badges will be good for one year at time of issue.  Please review the attached documents and email [email protected] with any questions.

McCormick Place Walking Tour on June 28.   EACA members are welcome to take a tour of McCormick Place on June 28 to familiarize yourselves with the new check-in process.    McCormick Place has new technology in place at kiosks that will be available throughout the building. The tour will begin at 11am and all should meet at Gate 22 in the North Building.

RSVP to Tom Cassell ([email protected]) once you’ve completed your BEEP registration form.   Do so by June 24.    One or two employees per company please.

SBA Relief Funds Update.  SBA Administrator Guzman testified recently before the House Small Business Committee.  The subject was “An update on SBA Covid-19 relief programs”.   Here are some of the highlights:

Shuttered Venues Operation Grant Program:
  • Admin. Guzman said that SBA is releasing the first batch of Shuttered Venues grants this week.
  • She said that, as of Monday, SBA has received 13,000 applications for $11 billion in funding.
  • Of the 13,000 applications they have received, she said that 7,000 fall into the second priority category (70% revenue loss), and 4,000 fall into the third category (25% revenue loss).
  • That suggests that 2,000 applications fall into the first priority category (90% revenue loss).
  • She said that SBA is still getting SVOG applications, but that they expect to have more than enough funds.
Paycheck Protection Program:
  • Admin. Guzman said that 60% of PPP1 borrowers have had their loan forgiveness applications approved.
  • She said that it’s taken an average of 6 days to process loan forgiveness applications.
  • Ranking Member Leutkemeyer complained that 36,000 forgiveness applications have exceeded the limit of 90 days for processing.
  • Admin. Guzman acknowledged that that is correct, but said that represents only 1% of the total.
  • Rep. Bourdeaux of Georgia noted that 2 million PPP1 borrowers have yet to submit their forgiveness applications.
  • It was also noted that PPP1 loan recipients who received more than $2 million are going through a manual review before they can file for forgiveness.  Admin. Guzman made it sound like they still have a lot to do to get this system up and running.
Restaurant Revitalization Fund:
  • Admin. Guzman said that, as of Monday, SBA has received 372,000 applications for $76 billion in funds.  That’s nearly three times the $28 million that have been provided.
EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loans):
  • After being thanked for raising the ceiling on EIDL loans to $500,000, Admin. Guzman said that SBA still has $263 billion in loan authority remaining, and that they are working on setting up a system to raise the limit to $2 million by July.

Can You Ask Employees if They’ve Been Vaccinated?  The HR department at Employco USA says, YES, employers are generally allowed to ask workers if they have been vaccinated. Companies are often times interested in employees’ vaccination status because it sheds light on return to work and social distancing planning, customer and co-worker safety, and possible employer-provided incentives for employees to get vaccinated.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has provided guidance indicating that not only can employers ask about vaccination status, employers can also ask for proof.

Industry News

Health Shows to Require Proof of Vaccination.  <TSNN> Two major events dedicated to health and science professionals have indicated they will require attendees to provide proof of vaccination to enter. The decisions, made by organizers of HIMSS21 Health and Safety Hub and HLTH 2021, are among the first large events to declare that in-person participants will need to be fully immunized as the country emerges from the pandemic.

At present, there is no indication that this requirement will include the labor workforce during move-in and move-out.

California Venues Open as of June 15.  All venues in California have received word from state officials that they can re-open for events as of June 15.    From June 15 to October 1 any event with total attendance over 5000 must require vaccine or negative test for entry. After October 1all facilities will be wide open and vaccine and negative tests will no longer be required.  In any event, masks will be required for entry for the foreseeable future.

The first show at the San Diego CC will be SPIE on July 29.

LA Tourism Partners with Clear.  As an exclusive benefit for Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board clients, CLEAR is proud to offer preferred Health Pass pricing.    Clear offers clients a way to standardize your health screening protocol with Health Pass so that guests can safely & securely return to what they love. Our solution is customizable to include any combination of health survey, lab testing, and temperature check.  *This solution includes CLEAR’s standard health survey and existing lab integrations