CES 2021 is Still Happening as a Real Event in Las Vegas

By Tom Pritchard on at

CES was one of the last big events to take place before the coronavirus pandemic got really bad, because within two months the rest of them started dropping off the calendar out of the (probably correct) assumption they may worsen the spread of COVID-19. CES seems to be getting out of this fairly unscathed, because it's been announced next year's show is still going ahead.

Specifically there will be a physical aspect to CES 2021, which will take place in Las Vegas as usual, as well as a way for exhibitors to showcase their products digitally. How much of a balance there's going to be aren't clear, but considering the general size of the show you can probably expect a lot of people showing up.

The Consumer Technology Association also says that there will be new health policies at the show, including regular cleaning and sanitisation, wider isles and seats for better social distancing, thermal scanning, and a limit on "touch points" that include the likes of cashless payment systems. It will also issue best practises for attendees, which include wearing face masks and avoiding shaking hands - though it's not clear if these will be strictly enforced.

While things are getting better in many parts of the world, there are still countries that are struggling to contain the coronavirus spread - assuming they're actually doing anything at all. The US is one of those countries, and shoving thousands of people into Las Vegas may not be the best idea. But January is a long way away, and who knows what the world will look like then.

But hey, we have the semi-physical IFA to look forward to at the end of the summer. That, at the very least, should give us some idea of how far things have come since MWC was cancelled in February. [CTA via The Verge]

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