Welcome to 2022. It's the start of a new year, but with some very familiar issues facing both individuals and businesses.
One big item on the schedule for this week, the massive consumer electronics event, CES, is still slated to open Jan. 5 in Las Vegas, but you can expect some open spots on the show floor as a result of the rising omicron variant of COVID-19 combined with travel problems due to canceled flights.
Procter & Gamble, General Motors, Panasonic, Lenovo and Google have all canceled plans for in-person attendance at the event. Others, including materials giant Covestro, have said they will attend but will follow strict health guidelines.
"We'll be adhering to all applicable protocols to ensure we stay healthy at CES2022 and want to talk about how our materials can help bring all your awesome designs to life," Covestro's John Skabardonis said in a Dec. 30 post on Twitter.
CES organizer Consumer Technology Association will require all attendees to be masked and vaccinated, and it has shortened the event to three days rather than four "as an additional safety measure."
The association also says more than 2,200 exhibitors are confirmed to attend and an additional 143 companies signed up for booth space in the last two weeks of December. It is recommending attendees take a COVID test within 24 hours of the show. CES also is supplying a free test to attendees when they collect their badges.