CES 2022, which is scheduled to begin today in Las Vegas with in-person press events, announced that the live show itself will end on Friday, January 7, instead of Saturday, January 8, as a safety precaution because of Covid-19.
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which runs the show, has said that it expects up to 75,000 attendees and over 2,200 exhibitors, though a number of big name companies - including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Lenovo, Intel, T-Mobile, AT&T, Meta, TikTok, and Pinterest - have said they will not attend, and a number of speeches have shifted to being virtual rather than live, and some have been canceled altogether.
Last time CES was live, two years ago, about 170,000 people attended. The 2021 CES was entirely virtual.
- KC's View:
CES and the National Retail Federation (NRF), I think, have the bad luck to be scheduled in January, when most public health experts believe that we'll be feeling the biggest impact of the Omicron surge. A month from now, things may look very different - we'll still be wearing masks, vaccinations and boosters will still be important, but life will continue and live meetings will go on.