Health & Safety Guidelines

Last Updated: February 23, 2021

The safety and well-being of all attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and staff are extremely important to us. The following health and safety measures have been instituted for 2021 SOFIC.

We want everyone to be comfortable and confident when attending SOFIC. NDIA is implementing recommended safety measures issued by the WHO, CDC, DoD, and OPM as well as state and local health authorities. Below, you will find an outline of new procedures you can expect to see at SOFIC.

What to Expect at SOFIC: The SOFIC team has put together some important tips to help you prepare for the show. 

Image of piece of paperSOFIC Health & Safety Guidelines

Please review our Health & Safety Guidelines so you are familiar with it and know what to expect during the conference.


Image of man and woman with double arrow between the two images. Social Distance

Six (6) feet of social distance between all individuals will be implemented. Please restrain from handshakes and embracing as an extra precaution as well as following CDC’s guidelines. Consider using digital alternatives to share contact information. Ample hand sanitizer stations will be available; please wash your hands often, cover your cough or sneeze, and stay home if you are sick.


Image of face mask. Pack a Face Mask

Masks and face coverings are required for throughout all SOFIC events (except while actively eating, drinking, or presenting), and must be worn to cover the top of the nose to the bottom of the chin. Participants should keep their masks conservative, professional, and in keeping with dignity and respect. Face coverings with demeaning or derogatory logos, profanity, offensive script or imagery, or political dissent are not authorized.


Image of First Aid cross. First Aid

SOFIC will have an on-site EMT. If participants are not feeling well, they will be asked not to attend.

Temperature Checks

Daily temperature checks will be required to participate at all SOFIC events. If you feel sick unexpectedly, medical personnel will be onsite and available to assist.


Image of spray bottle and bricks. Enhanced Cleaning

Heightened levels of disinfecting will take place to sanitize high-touch surfaces and frequently touched public areas. Signage will also be implemented as a reminder to follow safety precautions.

Tampa Convention Center

The Tampa Convention Center has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities. They have also created and implemented a “TCCReady Together” program which includes their cleaning measures and health and safety guidelines. 


Image of alarm clockPlan Your Time

We have implemented additional health and safety measures that may cause a delay in entering the conference. Please allow extra time to conduct temperature checks and have your photo ID and confirmation(s) ready when you arrive.


Image of shoe footprintsRegistration

Registration badges will be distributed at low touch/contactless stations utilizing pick-up time slots or other means to effectively limit crowds. Clearly marked lines with social distancing decals will also be set up to direct one-way traffic flow.


Image of person with large screen/window.Exhibit Hall

Based on state, facility and NDIA guidance, please expect limited capacities in the carpet-free exhibit hall. There will be one-way traffic flow in and out of the area to minimize attendee crowding. Exhibitors will have the option to order enhanced cleaning and disinfectant services for their booths through GES.


Image of plate and silverwareFood & Beverage

Grab and go food selections will be available. SOFIC has implemented pre-packaged food options to minimize touch points. There will also be use of outdoor seating when available.