Front Street flows through Memphis’ Renasant Convention Center. Planners can work with the facility to close the street, creating additional outdoor exhibit space.

How Memphis' Renasant Convention Center is Responding to COVID-19

When a global pandemic coincides with the final phase of your facility’s two-year, $200M modernization plan, what do you do? For Memphis' Renasant Convention Center, the answer was clear: Use the planned downtime to create a solid safety plan from the ground up. To date, our initiatives include:

COVID Initiatives

  • Memphis' Renasant Convention Center became a GBAC STARTM-accredited facility in August 2020. Learn more about the accreditation granted through the Global BioRisk Advisory Council.
  • Memphis' Renasant Convention Center is adhering to the Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide.
  • Sanitizing stations, thermal imaging and fogging machines are in use on-site.
  • An internal COVID-19 Safety Committee will meet with planners to create viable, customized plans for each group. The committee will also oversee continuing education for venue staff and monitor protocols and procedures. 
  • Complementing these safety protocols, groups can take advantage of modernized convention center spaces designed to create flexible meeting space and embrace the outdoors, including:
    • An outdoor terrace overlooking the Mississippi River and an open-air concourse connecting the center to Memphis' Main Street
    • Planners can also work with the Renasant Convention Center team to leverage custom spaces. For example, Front Street can be closed and transformed into an outdoor exhibit hall. Protected from the elements and brightly illuminated, the streetscape flows between the main convention facility and five riverfront meeting rooms. 

Memphis Resources

  • For full information regarding Memphis’ response to COVID-19, visit our COVID-19 resource hub

    Please note that masks are required by Memphis City Ordinance No. 5751:

  • Individuals should wear cloth face coverings that cover the nose and mouth in public settings where being in close proximity to others is anticipated and particularly where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain at all times.

  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age two, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
    A mask/face covering is not required after a person has been seated in a restaurant or bar or similar facility, but is strongly recommended when a person is ordering food or drink or otherwise interacting with workers or other customers at the restaurant or bar or similar facility.