In short: A number of tech leaders together with Amazon, Meta and Twitter have already bailed on the in-person side of subsequent month’s Shopper Electronics Present in Las Vegas over considerations surrounding the Omicron variant of Covid-19. Now, we are able to add Lenovo to the rising record of corporations that gained’t have a bodily presence at CES.
A Lenovo spokesperson advised TechCrunch that after intently monitoring traits surrounding Covid, they consider it’s in the perfect curiosity of the well being and security of workers, clients, companions and the group typically to droop all on-site exercise deliberate for Las Vegas.
Lenovo’s new expertise remains to be scheduled to launch as initially deliberate on January 4 and January 5, the spokesperson added.
CES 2022 might be in particular person on January 5-8 in Las Vegas with robust security measures in place, and our digital entry can also be out there for those who don’t want to, or can’t journey to Las Vegas. https://t.co/NT0OcJzGW1 pic.twitter.com/dWrhhY8F8P
— CES (@CES) December 22, 2021
The Shopper Tech Affiliation, the organizing physique of CES, reiterated on Tuesday that CES 2022 might be in particular person in Las Vegas from January 5 via January 8. There might be “robust security measures” in place, we’re advised, which incorporates exhibiting proof of Covid-19 vaccination to attend the in-person gathering.
CES 2022 may also have a digital element for these that may’t / aren’t prepared to make the journey out to the desert.
With the vacations upon us and New 12 months’s celebrations coming every week later, the virus state of affairs is probably going solely to worsen earlier than it improves. If we needed to guess, Lenovo gained’t be the final main participant to drag out of in-person actions at CES. What we don’t but know is when or if the CTA will shut down all the bodily occasion.