CES canceled the last day of its 2022 tech conference in Las Vegas and the show will now end on January 7th, the Consumer Technology Association announced today. The shorter schedule is “an extra safety measure” in the face of an increase in COVID-19 diagnoses.
In the past two weeks, a number of large companies have – including BMW, Intel, AMD, GM, Google, T-Mobile, Amazon, Microsoft and the company formerly known as Facebook – have discontinued their presence at the conference. It’s the largest tech conference in the world, typically attracting more than 10,000 people each year.
Yesterday the US set a dismal new record for COVID: the highest number of infections reported daily – break a record set the day before. Las Vegas is located in Clark County, Nevada, where 11 percent of the COVID tests return positive results. Nevada’s COVID tracker marks Clark County as an area of increased disease transmission.
More than 2,200 exhibitors have been personally confirmed for the CES, said the CTA in its declaration sent by email. With exhibitors restricting their travel to Las Vegas, the President and CEO of the CTA, Gary Shapiro, said the show “will and must go on.” In today’s announcement, the CTA announced that 143 companies have signed up for in-person shows in the past two weeks.
Participants must present a vaccination card to receive their badge. The CTA has also asked to test for COVID-19 less than 24 hours before entering the conference and will be giving away free rapid tests to do so. Masks are required for the show, and international travelers are given a free PCR test after the show ends.