The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced that proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for in-person attendees of CES 2022, which will take place in Las Vegas on January 5-8, 2022. For those who may be unable to travel to Las Vegas, CTA will again create a digital event that will run in parallel with the in-person program, enabling digital audiences to share the spirit of the event.
“Based on today’s science, we understand vaccines offer us the best hope for stopping the spread of COVID-19,” said Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of CTA. “We all play a part in ending the pandemic through encouraging vaccinations and implementing the right safety protocols. We are taking on our responsibility by requiring proof of vaccination to attend CES 2022 in Las Vegas.”
According to a press release, CTA is also assessing the acceptance of proof of a positive antibody test as an alternative requirement and will share more details on this later. ”Safety, security and health are always a priority at CES, and we will follow state and local guidelines and recommendations by the CDC”, CTA stated in a press release. ”CTA will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and will announce additional protocols closer to the show.”
In Las Vegas, global companies will present a host of new technologies from global companies, joined by thought leaders who share their ideas about the future of technology. Some 2000 companies including major brands and start-ups will be in Las Vegas, according to CTA. CES 2022 will feature new categories including space tech, food tech and NFTs. The show will also highlight advancements in AI, AR/VR, gaming and computing, digital health, automotive and transportation, home entertainment, smart home and more. Audiences will hear from industry leaders during live keynotes, including General Motors Chair and CEO Mary Barra and T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert. The CES keynote schedule will be updated regularly as speakers are announced.