In a statement sent to Axios, event organizers confirmed CES 2022 will remain an in-person event.
“Thousands of entrepreneurs, businesses, media and buyers are planning to come to Las Vegas,” reads the statement. “Top leaders from federal and state and foreign governments are attending.”
Event organizers also noted they received “several thousand new registrants since late last week.”
This is in spite of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. It now comprises the majority of new COVID-19 cases in the United States, which has seen a sharp increase in the number of cases in recent weeks.
Amazon, Meta, Twitter, and Pinterest confirmed they will skip CES 2022. T-Mobile isn’t passing on the show, but will significantly scale back its presence.
Samsung didn’t say whether it will follow suit. However, it is considering a smaller on-site delegation. Qualcomm, OnePlus, and HTC still plan to attend the event.
Several media outlets also opted to not have an in-person presence. These include Engadget, The Verge, CNET, TechCrunch, IGN, Gizmodo, and TechRadar. All of the aforementioned outlets will cover the event remotely.
According to organizers, CES 2022 will feature several safety measures. These include two rapid tests to every attendee, improved ventilation systems, and widened aisles. Also, every attendee must be vaccinated and have their masks on at all times.
CES 2022 will take place January 5 through January 8 in Las Vegas.