2021’s L.A. Auto Show is a go!

While 2020 saw the LA Auto Show cancelled, 2021 marks the show’s successful return.

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An L.A. Auto Show rep reached out to me and confirmed the 2021 LA Auto Show is not cancelled and is scheduled to open to the public, as planned, November 19-28.

There are COVID-related stipulations LA Auto Show exhibitors and attendees will have to follow.

Keen eyes will notice a new “Health and Safety” section on the Los Angeles Auto Show’s main page.

According to the show’s organizers,

“The LA Auto Show will be operated in full accordance with all safety protocols required by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.”

Participants 12 years of age and over will be required to show proof they have received, more than two weeks prior to entrance into the Los Angeles Convention Center.


“Proof of a negative test must be provided, test taken 72-hours prior to entry.”

…in addition.

“Face masks are required for everyone over two years of age.”

On-site rapid testing (10-15 minute results) provided by MedeaTesting solutions is available with results sent to guests electronically.

Rapid testing by Medea is typically free for U.S. Citizens and covered by your health insurance so, if you don’t want to pay out of pocket the day of, have your insurance card and policy numbers available.

You can start on your health profile to facilitate your rapid testing experience and to schedule a time slot to be tested by going to Medea’s website linked here.

Details about the above, including accepted vaccines, acceptable forms of proof, and what types of face masks are accepted can be found on their full COVID-19 protocols linked here.

Why the L.A. Auto Show is requiring proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results.

Despite most Los Angeles residents receiving at least one vaccination shot, a variant-induced surge and cooler weather returning does not bode well for so-called indoor mega events (let alone regular indoor events.)

On August 23, Los Angeles updated its Public Health Order with important information for indoor mega event participants.

  • Beginning Sept 20,2021, all attendees at Indoor Mega Events involving 1,000 or more persons must, prior to entry, show verification of COVID-19 vaccination status or a negative (diagnostic) test result.
  • Clarifies that for all indoor Mega Events scheduled on or after September 20,2021, self-attestation is no longer permitted method for vaccine verification or verification of negative COVID-19 test.

The L.A. Auto Show is after Sept 20 and has historically had over 20,000 attendees, so this updated health order definitely applies.

Despite available on-site testing, for car manufactures planning to attend, it would behoove you if you haven’t already, to strongly recommend to your team to get vaccinated or have a plan to get a COVID test result 72 hours before you fly/drive into Los Angeles.

For attendees, it’s the same advice to you, friends and family planning to attend. As the LA Motor Show is a Thanksgiving weekend tradition, being unvaccinated or not having a negative COVID test means you’ll have to stay home.

Refunds if 2021 LA Auto Show is cancelled or you test positive

According to their FAQ,

If the 2021 LA Auto Show is cancelled due to a government order or declaration of Public Health Emergency by the State or County due to COVID-19, you are entitled to a refund of the amount paid to LA Auto Show within 60 days of that cancellation. 

And, if you unfortunately test positive, you can receive a refund if you send a request to help@laautoshow.com before Nov 28 with proof of a positive test. Details on that are in the FAQ linked here.


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