Briefly: A number of tech leaders together with Amazon, Meta and Twitter have already bailed on the in-person facet of subsequent month’s Client Electronics Present in Las Vegas over considerations surrounding the Omicron variant of Covid-19. Now, we will add Lenovo to the rising listing of firms that received’t have a bodily presence at CES.
A Lenovo spokesperson advised TechCrunch that after carefully monitoring traits surrounding Covid, they imagine it’s in the very best curiosity of the well being and security of workers, prospects, companions and the group generally to droop all on-site exercise deliberate for Las Vegas.
Lenovo’s new expertise continues to be scheduled to launch as initially deliberate on January 4 and January 5, the spokesperson added.
CES 2022 can be in particular person on January 5-8 in Las Vegas with robust security measures in place, and our digital entry can also be obtainable for those that 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 Client Tech Affiliation, the organizing physique of CES, reiterated on Tuesday that CES 2022 can be in particular person in Las Vegas from January 5 by means of January 8. There can 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 will even have a digital element for these that may’t / aren’t keen to make the journey out to the desert.
With the vacations upon us and New Yr’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 received’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 your complete bodily occasion.