CES has dropped the last day of its tech conference in Las Vegas in 2022, and the show now ends on January 7, the Consumer Technology Association announced today. The shorter schedule is “an additional safety measure” in light of a spate of COVID-19 diagnoses.
In the past two weeks, a number of major companies — including BMW, Intel, AMD, GM, Google, T-Mobile, Amazon, Microsoft and the company formerly known as Facebook — have shut down their physical presence at the conference. It is the largest technology conference in the world, attracting more than 10,000 people every year.
Yesterday, the US set a grim new record for COVID: the highest number of infections reported daily — a record set the day before. Las Vegas is located in Clark County, Nevada, where 11 percent of COVID tests show 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 CES, the CTA said in its emailed statement. As exhibitors have limited their trips to Las Vegas, the CTA’s president and CEO, Gary Shapiro, has said the show “will and must go on.” In today’s announcement, the CTA said 143 companies have signed up for in-person exhibits in the past two weeks.
Visitors must be able to show a vaccination certificate to get their badge. The CTA has also requested testing for COVID-19 less than 24 hours before attending the conference and will be giving away free rapid tests to help with that. Masks are required for the show and international travelers will receive a free PCR test after the show.