Miami Beach

Health and Safety Measures

Art Basel looks forward to welcoming you to its 2021 show in Miami Beach. The following rules and guidelines apply to all attendees of Art Basel’s 2021 show in Miami Beach and of its related events. In this instance, attendees include, but are not limited to exhibitors, VIP guests, customers, partners, suppliers, visitors, and service providers. Those unwilling to abide by these measures and protocols may be asked to leave, as their presence will represent a potential health and safety risk for other Art Basel attendees.

Official Art Basel Health Checkers will be positioned at all points of entry to ensure that these measures are followed. They can be easily identified by their 'Health Checker' shirts. Any signage related to our COVID-19 health and safety measures is clearly identified in yellow throughout the fair grounds.

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1. Entry and Exit Protocol

1.1 Entry Requirements
Attendees must show their VIP invitation, badge, or ticket to enter the fair, and must also pass through a security screening to gain access to the venue. A system of timed entry will be leveraged to control crowding and encourage physical distancing.

1.2 Health and Safety Protocol
Attendees aged 12 and over must provide proof of a negative lab-administered COVID-19 test in order to gain access to Art Basel Miami Beach. Alternatively, visitors may opt to voluntarily provide proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination or proof of recent (within 90 days) recovery from COVID-19 issued by a board-certified physician or medical treatment facility - to gain entry. For attendees 18 and over, documentation shown must match photo ID provided at entry. All documents (for test results, vaccination confirmation or proof of recovery) should be in English (translation acceptable) and clearly show the name, date and details of the test, vaccination, or recently documented infection.

  • Acceptable test results include either:
    • A negative lab-administered PCR test result within 72 hours
    • A negative lab-administered antigen test result within 48 hours
  • Acceptable documentation of recent recovery:
    • Documentation (electronic or hard copy) of a positive test result within the last 90 days and a signed letter, in English (translation acceptable) that contains the name, address and phone number of a licensed healthcare provider or public health official stating that the attendee has been cleared from isolation 
  • Acceptable vaccination documentation:
    • Documentation that you have completed all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or is listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the fair. This currently includes the following vaccines:
      • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
      • Pfizer-BioNTech (COMIRNATY) COVID-19 Vaccine
      • Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
      • Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine
      • AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine (COVISHIELD)
      • Sinopharm BIBP COVID-19 Vaccine
      • Sinovac-CoronaVac COVID-19 Vaccine
    • Documentation forms that are acceptable include:
      • Vaccination card (hard copy)
      • Photo of vaccination card as a separate document
      • Photo of vaccination card on an electronic device, such as a phone
      • Electronic health record or Government Information System record
      • All documents (electronic or hard copy) should be in English (translation acceptable) and clearly show the name of the recipient, the dates of the vaccination and the type of vaccination administered.

Attendees are required to complete a self-reported symptom screening with an official Art Basel Health Checker on-site. Health Checkers will be clearly identified by the words 'Health Checker' on their shirts. All attendees aged 12 and older must attest (or must have an attestation from a parent or guardian):

  1. You have not been in close contact with anyone with COVID19 in the past 14 days. Close contact is being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period with a person; or having direct contact with fluids from a person with COVID-19 with or without wearing a mask (i.e., being coughed or sneezed on).
  2. You have not had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days and are not awaiting results of a COVID-19 test.
  3. Within the past 14 days, a public health or medical professional had not told you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection.
  4. You have not experienced any of the symptoms in the list below in the past 48 hours, regardless of vaccination status:
    • fever or chills
    • cough
    • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • fatigue
    • muscle or body aches
    • headache
    • new loss of taste or smell
    • sore throat
    • congestion or runny nose
    • nausea or vomiting
    • diarrhea 

Anyone who fails to comply with the stated health and safety protocols will be denied entry.

1.3 Health Checkers

Health Checkers will be on-site to assist, expedite, and enforce the screening and entry protocol. Art Basel reserves the right to deny entry to the fair to attendees deemed a health or safety risk. In such an unlikely event, ticket costs may be reimbursed at Art Basel's sole discretion.

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2. Hygiene and Contact Reduction

2.1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

In compliance with the Art Basel Miami Beach policy and safety regulations, wearing a mask covering mouth and nose will be mandatory inside the venue for anyone age 2 and older, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated.

Please note: Based on Art Basel’s health and safety policies, and informed by CDC and other health agency guidelines, this policy applies to all those present in the halls, including exhibitors, guests, artists, workers, and staff. We will continue to evaluate this policy and post updates as they are available.

Wearing a mask within the fair's indoor premises, including the queuing areas prior to entering the halls, will be obligatory for all visitors and staff members regardless of vaccination status. Lastly, all security staff, as well as hosts, will wear protective masks.

2.2. Hand Hygiene
Frequent, thorough handwashing with soap and water is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. The venue has washing facilities with soap and water throughout the building. The venue has implemented cleaning and sanitization standards that meet or exceed the recommendations of the CDC, however it is the responsibility of every individual to maintain good personal hygiene, including washing hands frequently.

If attendees cannot regularly wash their hands with soap and water, they should disinfect them with hand sanitizer. Hand-sanitizer stations will be positioned at entrances and exits, toilets, desks and welcoming areas, catering areas, as well as various common areas. Additionally, exhibitors will be provided hand sanitizer as part of their Art Basel care package.

The venue has also installed touch-free surfaces in the restrooms including automatically flushing toilets, hands-free faucets, paper towel dispensers, and hand dryers.

2.3. Reducing Surface Contact
In order to keep surface contact to a minimum, Art Basel will implement the following measures:

  • Credential check upon entry will be contactless
  • Contactless payment will be available at catering locations
  • Physical contact between staff and attendees at entrances and security checks will be reduced to a minimum
  • Tickets for the cloakroom will not be reusable

2.4. No-contact Policy
We ask attendees and staff to avoid physical contact such as hugging and shaking hands.

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​3. Show Architecture and Physical Distancing

Art Basel has modified its show architecture to provide more space for all attendees and encourage physical distancing.

  • Art Basel has widened its aisles throughout the show floors
  • The number of visitors in the halls will be closely monitored. Should new capacity-related rules and recommendations be issued by local, state, or federal authorities, Art Basel may adjust the halls’ capacity
  • The size of the Central Plaza and Collector’s Lounge has been increased
  • Timed entry will be implemented at certain times to avoid over-crowding
  • It is possible that fewer tickets will be sold for access to the fair on public days
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4. Sanitation

4.1. Cleaning of the facility
The venue has increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and high-trafficked areas using EPA-registered disinfectants as recommended by the CDC, and in strict compliance with GBAC protocols. These include, but are not limited to, bathrooms, counters, entrance and exit areas, cloakrooms, door handles, lift panels, stair railings, escalator handrails, and technical equipment.

4.2. Air Quality
The venue now operates with higher rates of air filtration, ventilation, and fresh air intake than prior to the pandemic. New High-Efficiency MERV filters have been installed and maintained for all HVAC equipment, and they have established protocols to increase HEPA filter replacements to vastly reduce any potential airborne pathogens & contaminants. Additionally, all equipment adjustments to the HVAC systems have been in accordance/compliance with CDC guidelines such as airflow increase where needed, pre-filtered outside air adjustments, increased inspections, and detailed trending of such systems to benchmark its operations.

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​ 5. Ticketing and Registration

5.1. Ticketing
Tickets for Art Basel will only be available digitally, therefore box offices will no longer be located on-site. Tickets can be purchased online in advance starting mid-October via our website.

5.2. VIP and Partner Cards
Art Basel VIP cards are now fully digital and available through the Art Basel app. Art Basel’s partners aim to provide digital cards as well.

5. 3. Contactless Checkpoints
Ticket and VIP card scanners that allow for contactless credential verification will be used at all entrances. Staff will be available to assist with any issues.

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6. Catering

6.1. Vendors

Vendors have been instructed to follow strict hygiene standards. Hand disinfection stations will be available. Waiting zones will be clearly marked. All catering staff will wear masks.

6.2. Seating and Layout
General seating in designated food and beverage areas will be with tables and chairs arranged so that guests will be seated at a distance from other guests. Please do not rearrange public seating to accommodate your own needs as it will have been designed with health and safety measures in mind.

Food and beverage will be available in designated areas.

Everyone is expected to wear their mask unless actively eating or drinking. 

6.3. Payment 
All catering outlets will be cashless and will accept credit/debit payments.

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7. Further Precautionary Measures

7.1 Health and Safety Guidance
Art Basel continues to monitor the epidemic situation thoroughly and remains in close contact with the City of Miami Beach, the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC), the General Contractor, and an external Health and Safety consultancy to provide its visitors with the most accurate and recent information. Additional measures may be required for entry to the show. Art Basel will communicate these details to attendees as early as possible.

7.2 First Aid and Paramedic Stations
A first aid and paramedic station will be present should a person feel unwell or need to seek assistance. Signage indicating these stations will be on display, and staff will be able to direct attendees to the nearest location.

7.3 COVID-19 Protocol Assistants
To ensure that health and safety measures are being respected, several COVID-19 protocol assistants will be present on the fair’s premises. They will remind visitors and staff of the COVID-19 guidelines in place and can answer questions relating to this topic. Operational adjustments may occur throughout the event in order to ensure the health and safety of all attendees. Please adhere to all signage and direction from all staff, including our COVID-19 Protocol assistants.

7.4 Events
To avoid large groups or crowds congregating, events hosted by Art Basel will take place with limited capacity. Those participating in these events must continue to abide by the rules described above, as they relate to health and safety measures. The format of specific Art Basel events might have to be altered in order to comply with the rules stipulated by local authorities, whether taking place on the fairgrounds or beyond. Art Basel will inform guests of event-specific health and safety measures should these differ from the rules outlined above. Art Basel cannot be held liable for the format and structure of events hosted by third parties, including partners and clients.

7.5 Contractors and Suppliers
All contractors and suppliers hired by Art Basel in Miami will have to wear masks whenever on the fair's premises and will be subjected to regular testing and health checks.

7.6 Venue Protocols
The venue has implemented new guidelines and policies based on the current CDC Guidelines and local public health guidance. Please review these here: Miami Beach Convention Center protocols.

7.7 Legal disclaimer
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting the fair, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 (for yourself and for any minors for whom you are responsible). The complete invitation and ticket/entrance disclaimer and the COVID-19 warning and disclaimer can be found here. The attendee hereby further acknowledges and agrees to have reviewed the policy, agrees to fully comply with such policy, and is subject to all terms and conditions contained therein.