CES will close a day early as an “additional safety measure” amid a global COVID-19 spike. The Las Vegas trade show will now take place Jan. 5 through Jan. 7, with in-person events canceled on Jan. 8.
CES has already lost more than 150 in-person exhibitors, including Google, Meta, IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, Intel, GM, Waymo, AMD, Analog Devices, HP, Nikon, Mitsubishi and Mercedes-Benz.
Still, the Consumer Technology Association said it has 2,200 in-person exhibitors on the books, with 143 companies signing on to exhibit in person in the last two weeks. CTA CEO Gary Shapiro said in a statement Friday that CES is “steadfast in its pledge to be the gathering place to showcase products and discuss ideas that will ultimately make our lives better.”
CES requires attendees to get vaccinated and tested before going to the show. Masks are also required.