The Annapolis Boat Shows are excited to welcome boat lovers and prospective buyers to City Dock this fall for the United States Powerboat Show (Oct. 1-4) and United States Sailboat Show (Oct. 8-12). With the ongoing public health crisis, our guests may have concerns regarding the health and safety precautions being implemented this October. As we plan for the upcoming shows, we are doing everything we can to be prepared and proactive, while also providing the same, excellent experience you’ve come to expect. We will remain flexible as we move forward and get ready to welcome everyone in a couple of months.
One of the first changes you may notice is a change in attendance options. This year, there will be a strict maximum capacity level set for each day, capping the number of tickets made available and flattening the curve of our regular daily attendance throughout both shows. This is how we will responsibly monitor attendance and make sure we can safely accommodate all of our guests. Tickets will also be made available in a mobile format to encourage touchless entry. Maintaining responsible social distancing as we coordinate the layout of the show is one of our top priorities.
Face coverings will be required for anyone attending the shows this year, and we ask that you keep them on at all times. We’re looking out for each other! Everyone entering the show will also have their temperature checked prior to stepping onto show grounds. As you walk amongst the many exhibitors and vendors, you will notice hand sanitizing and washing stations, as well as face coverings dispensers for your convenience. A number of signs will be posted throughout the show to further encourage our new guidelines and regulations, while encouraging everyone to do their part. We want to make it easy for everyone to stay safe as they join us for another great year.
As far as parking, we’re encouraging everyone to park at the Navy Marine Corps Stadium where they will receive their temperature check, have their ticket scanned, and their hand will be stamped for entry. All guests will then be safely shuttled to the show as each bus follows the CDC social distancing guidelines, shuttling at only 50% capacity and disinfecting after each trip. Check-in stations will also be located at Yacht Basin Gate and Main Gate areas for those who do not park at the Stadium. Given additional guidelines set by the Maryland Health Department, we will not be allowing dogs or strollers into the show this year.
When you enter the exhibitor tents, you will notice that all have been adjusted to include one-way only walkways to encourage social distancing and air handling systems to purify the air and keep it circulating. Additionally, workshops and VIP areas will be held to 50% capacity. These measures ensure that we can maintain a safe learning space and still seat everyone comfortably.
The show grounds will close promptly each night at 6:30 p.m. (5 p.m. on the final day) to ensure our Cleaning Team can properly deep clean and disinfect the premises. All after-hours events are prohibited on show grounds this year as the boat show operations staff work to keep the area clean and safe for show-goers!
We look forward to seeing you in October. For a full breakdown on our new regulations and guidelines, check out our Boat Show Health and Safety Manual. Continue to check back regularly to our Show Health Policy page for updated regulations as we prepare to welcome you to the show.