Those heading to New Orleans for the 2022 International Roofing Expo (IRE) will still benefit from enhanced safety measures, but will not need to wear masks or show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell suspended the city's mask mandate for most public spaces, including the site of the IRE, due to a drop in COVID-19 cases and rising vaccination rates. The announcement followed Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision to lift the statewide mask mandate.

The city also dropped requirements for proof-of-vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results to enter the show.

“We always follow the local and state guidelines and were pleased to hear this news,” said Shelby Snelson, show manager with Informa Markets. 

Although masks will not be required like they were for the IRE in Las Vegas last August, masks are still strongly recommended by the Center for Disease Control and will be encouraged while onsite. Informa's All Secure program will be in place, as will the option for contactless registration.

“Participants will see the same level of precautions we had in Las Vegas,” she said. “We’ll have enhanced cleaning going on in the background, we’ll have increased air circulation in the building, and other measurements just to provide the safe and healthy environment to make everyone feel comfortable.”

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