Venue Safe – Sanitization at the Kentucky Exposition Center

Venue Safe – Sanitization at the Kentucky Exposition Center

By KY Expo Marketing Team on 02/26/2021

The GBAC Star Accredited Kentucky Exposition Center operates with additional safety and health standards. View additional details below. 

Louisville Tourism and Kentucky Venues are committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our clients, attendees, exhibitors, employees, and partners in the community. We continue to monitor the developments of all infectious diseases via the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Kentucky Venues follows the guidance provided by health organizations for the state. Both Louisville and Kentucky Venues facilities continue to follow the guidance and monitor updates provided by the CDC and other national and local health organizations, state officials, as well as industry associations. We look forward to welcoming groups to Louisville and encourage all organizers with questions or concerns to communicate directly with their sales manager.

The Kentucky International Convention Center and Kentucky Exposition Center are the first centers in Kentucky to have received the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation, the gold standard on outbreak prevention, response and recovery. View our release here.

This third-party certification and training helps venues prepare work practices, understand correct disinfection techniques and best cleaning practices for a biohazard situation like the Covid-19.“The health and safety of our guests, clients and employees is of the highest priority. As events resume, we want to exceed industry standards in sanitation and cleanliness,” said President and CEO of Kentucky Venues David Beck. “It’s not enough to do the minimum, but to continue to push ourselves to be the best in everything, including preparedness and sanitation.”GBAC STAR is the gold standard of prepared facilities. This accreditation means that a facility has:

  • Established and maintained a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents like the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2);
  • The proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices in place to combat biohazards and infectious disease; and
  • Highly skilled cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response.

Kentucky Exposition Center Operations Update as of May 27, 2021:

  • Based on the new guidelines issued by the State of Kentucky, Kentucky Venues has revised our event guidelines to the following:
    From now through June 11, 2021: Masks are not required for anyone who is fully vaccinated. Therefore, Kentucky Venues will continue to keep signage in place requesting our attendees to wear masks but compliance will be managed by the Lessee with support and assistance from the venue. For example, if the Lessee desires to continue to have all of their attendees wear masks then they may do so and Kentucky Venues will assist in reminding guests of the Lessee’s policy at key touchpoints, such as upon arrival at the venue. If the Lessee desires for Kentucky Venues to provide more intensive enforcement of the policy then additional staffing will need to be secured, at Lessee’s expense, through Venue Services for that purpose. Should the Lessee prefer to not enforce a mask mandate, Kentucky Venues staff will not approach guests on the matter. In either case, Kentucky Venues personnel will not be engaged in determining the vaccination status of any guest.
  • There is no change in our social distancing policy. 6ft. minimum distancing is still required throughout the facility until June 11.
  • COVID-19 Operations Plans are submitted to the Kentucky Venues Director of Compliance for review and approval.

Kentucky Exposition Center Operations Update Effective  June 12:

  • The mask policy will remain as outlined above.
  • The 6-foot social distancing requirement will be eliminated and all functions may be held based on our pre-Covid event specifications.
  • If a Lessee desires to maintain social distancing for their event the venue will evaluate those requests on a case by case basis. The venue will provide additional space for social distancing subject to availability but reserves the right to charge for any additional space needed in order to accommodate such requests.
  • Covid Operations Plans: at this time will still be submitted to the Kentucky Venues Director of Compliance for review and approval, pending further clarification.

Cleaning and disinfecting requirements

  • We have continued to improve and act on a plan that ensures the facility, including offices and workstations, are properly cleaned and ventilated routinely. This includes the cleaning and sanitation of frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs or handles, buttons, rails, rental equipment, and countertops) with appropriate disinfectants. Appropriate disinfectants include EPA registered household disinfectants, diluted household bleach solution, and alcohol solutions containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Our employees, client’s volunteers, and client’s attendees will be expected to frequently wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer that should be provided by the employer or event organizer.
  • Employees will wipe their workstations down with disinfectant at the end of their shift or at any time they discontinue use of their workstations/cash register for a significant period of time.
  • Our team has provided disinfectant at shared equipment locations.
  • We will establish a cleaning and disinfecting process that follows CDC guidelines when an individual is identified, suspected, or confirmed COVID-19 case.
  • We are avoiding and minimizing the use of cleaning procedures that could re-aerosolize infectious particles. This includes, but is not limited to, avoiding practices such as dry sweeping or use of high-pressure streams of air, water, or cleaning chemicals.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements

  • Appropriate face coverings will be used by employees whenever they are within six (6) feet of anyone else, so long as such use does not jeopardize the employees’ health or safety. Our facility is training employees when to use PPE, what PPE is necessary, and how to properly put on, use, and remove PPE.
  • We are requiring contractors and vendors to wear face coverings or masks while at the venue or event space.
  • We are providing gloves to employees whose routine job duties include cleaning equipment, workspaces, and other high-touch areas of the business.
  • Our clients will need to encourage attendees to wear masks while inside or within six (6) feet of anyone outside of their household.

Training and Safety Requirements

  • We are placing conspicuous signage at entrances and throughout our facility alerting staff and patrons or attendees to the required occupancy limits, six feet of physical distance, and policy on face coverings. Signage will inform employees, volunteers, and attendees about good hygiene and new practices.
  • Our venue, to the greatest extent practicable, will implement hours where service can be safely provided to constituents at higher risk for severe illness per CDC guidelines.
  • Employees, volunteers, and attendees will be reminded, particularly vulnerable to COVID19 (individuals with conditions identified by the CDC as higher risk or those over 65 years old), that public health experts recommend that you continue to avoid any in-person gatherings and remain Healthy at Home.
  • Employees have been given an outlet to identify and communicate potential improvements and/or concerns without the threat of retribution in order to reduce the potential risk of exposure at the workplace.


Louisville Metro

Office of the Governor

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

National Restaurant Association


Hospitality/Tourism Industry

Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA)

U.S. Travel Association

International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)

Events Industry Council (EIC)

International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)


Kentucky Exposition Center Communications Contact

Ian Cox

Asst. Director of Communications at Kentucky Venues