The Consumer Technology Association announced Tuesday that it will require proof of vaccination to attend the January 2022 edition of CES, the giant tech trade show. The event is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas for four days starting Jan. 5.
The CTA will also offer a digital version of the show to run in parallel with the in-person event. The group held a virtual-only event in January 2021.
“Based on today’s science, we understand vaccines offer us the best hope for stopping the spread of Covid-19,” CTA CEO Gary Shapiro said in a statement. “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.”
“We know our decision to require vaccines—and potentially positive antibody tests—may not be popular for some, but for many others it will allow them to know they can experience CES once again—and get back to business as usual,” he wrote. “Many are clamoring to return to the serendipity and relationship-building of in-person events—so are we. CES is where business gets done. It’s an economic engine for our industry and an opportunity for companies from around the world, both large and small, to launch products, build brands and form partnerships.