Washington Auto Show returns, vaccination and mask required

(PRNewsfoto/Washington Auto Show)

Designated as one of the nation’s top five auto shows by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, The Washington Auto Show will be open to the public from Friday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 30. Last year’s show was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s show will feature more than 600 new models from over 35 manufacturers as well as a range of concept, exotic and historic cars across 750,000 square feet of floor space in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

A new addition to this year’s show is the EV Pavilion powered by Electrify America, the nation’s largest open ultra-fast DC charging network for electric vehicles (EV). This Pavilion caters to the growing electric mobility market and its high-hitting demand. Its function is to educate show attendees on what the future of mobility looks like while allowing them to browse electric vehicles, charging stations, 3-wheel “fun utility vehicles”, and even electric buses. Attendees will also have the chance to take their electric experience further with Pepco’s EVsmart Outdoor Ride ’N Drive. Providing guests the chance to cruise the streets of D.C. behind the wheel of an electric or gasoline-powered vehicle.

Other features of this year’s show include VIP tours with auto experts, an exotic car display and pet adoption exhibit sponsored by Subaru.

In response to the continued presence of COVID-19 and the current rise in infections, the Washington Auto Show is implementing a comprehensive set of safety protocols.

“The health and safety of exhibitors, sponsors, attendees, and show staff is our team’s highest priority,” said Washington Auto Show President and CEO John O’Donnell. Along with the mask mandate and proof of vaccination, the show will take additional preventative measures throughout the show days. This includes increased sanitation and handwashing stations, and regular cleaning and disinfecting of high touch areas.

Along with the show’s safety measures, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center itself is a GBAC STAR accredited facility, meaning it has reached the “gold standard” for sanitation. Boasting the first-ever HVAC air purifying system, a new robot that uses disinfecting ultraviolet lighting to clean, and a dedicated team of employees, the Washington Auto Show is confident in their ability to provide a safe and prosperous show experience for both attendees and exhibitors alike.

Show dates and times:

  • Friday, Jan. 21 – noon to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 22 -10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 23 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 24 through Thursday, Jan. 27 – noon to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 28 – noon to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 29 – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 30 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on the Washington Auto Show’s website at www.washingtonautoshow.com.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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