Organizers of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) have announced today that it will conclude the tech conference a day early due to the surge of COVID-19 cases.
Originally slated to conclude on January 8, the event will now run from January 5 through January 7.
“The step was taken as an additional safety measure to the current health protocols that have been put in place for CES,” the recent press release on CES’ website notes.
Please note we will be closing CES 2022 one day early. Read below. https://t.co/gflyNYOCf3
— Karen Chupka (@KarenChupka) December 31, 2021
The announcement comes as no surprise due to the rise of COVID-19 cases and it follows the news that many large tech companies – including AMD, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Intel, and Meta (formerly Facebook) – have decided to forgo a physical appearance on the show floor entirely.
Those that plan to still attend CES 2022 next week will be required to be fully vaccinated with proof of vaccination status, as noted on the CES 2022 health protocols page.
Organizers of the event will also require masks to be worn indoors and while using any transportation services run by CES. Organizers will also have onsite COVID-19 testing and, while it is not required, they are recommending that attendees to take a test prior to attending the event.
Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.