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CES 2021 To Go Ahead As In-Person Event

The organisers of behemoth consumer electronics trade show, CES, have confirmed they’ve commenced planning for an-person event in January 2021 in Las Vegas, coupled with safety safeguards after COVID19.

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While we plan to produce another in-person event in Las Vegas, we all face new considerations around attending conferences, conducting business and traveling to meetings,” reads a company web post.

“Just as your companies are innovating to overcome the challenges this pandemic presents, we are adapting to the evolving situation.”

CES 2020 was one of the last trade expos to continue this year, before coronavirus related lockdowns saw the cancellation of Mobile World Congress and several other tech events.

CES’ governing body, the CTA, recently confirmed that that an-in person event is slated for 2021, however, are yet to confirm if there’s an official attendance cap. 

Organisers have revealed they’re expanding its online and virtual event presence, catering to those who may not want to risk and attend in-person. Initiatives include a digital exhibitor showcase.

Organisers have flagged that they will continue to evaluate and expand safety and other planning measures being put in place.

The CTA claims they’re “working closely” with officials for best practises, with Las Vega mayor, Carolyn Goodman, a notable voice in the opposition of coronavirus shutdowns.

Safety protocols for show-goers include regular cleaning and sanitisation, sanitisation stations throughout, widening of aisles in exhibits for social distancing parameters, avoidance of shaking hands, enhanced on-site medical service aids and more.

Last year, CES drew a crowd of over 170,000 people, with next year’s show slated to occur between January 6 – January 9.

Read the full announcement on CES’ website here.

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