T-Mobile, Amazon, and others are backing out of CES 2022 amid COVID resurgence2021-12-23 18:14 by Daniela
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The annual Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, is moving forward with an in-person event next month despite tech companies opting out of in-person participation as COVID-19 cases rise nationwide. So far, T-Mobile, Amazon, Meta, Twitter, Pinterest, Lenovo, iHeartRadio, and others have all announced they won't attend the event in person.
For the time being, the Consumer Technology Association, the organization that puts together CES every year, still plans to move forward with the event.
"Thousands of businesses are relying on us. CES is an essential business event and can make or break a year for small and midsize companies. I've heard from many of these companies, urging us to move forward with an in-person show," Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Trade Association (CTA) which puts on the show, said in a post Wednesday.
"We understand that some people may not be comfortable going to CES. With that in mind, we have invited those who cannot join us in Las Vegas to join the event digitally, giving companies and presenters a broader audience," he added.
CTA says CES attendees must be "fully vaccinated against COVID-19" and provide proof of vaccination to pick up a badge and access the in-person event in Las Vegas. The show will offer complimentary COVID-19 rapid testing kits on site, and CTA recommends that showgoers get tested for COVID prior to departing for Las Vegas and within 24 hours of entering a CES venue.
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