Google, Lenovo and other big tech names on Thursday cancelled plans to attend next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, joining an exodus fueled by far of Covid-19.
The US internet giant and the China-based computer colossus became part of a growing list of companies opting not to put employees at risk by staffing events, exhibits or briefing at the annual gadget extravaganza.
“After careful consideration we have decided to withhold from having a presence on the show floor of CES 2022,” said a Google spokesperson.
“We’ve been closely monitoring the development of the Omicron variant, and have decided that this is the best choice for the health and safety of our teams.”
Lenovo said on Twitter it decided to “suspend all on-site activity” at the show.
US chipmaker Intel was also shifting to a “digital only” CES strategy of giving presentation online rather than risk putting people in the path of the pandemic, reported US media.
The news came as several other major companies cancelled or scaled back their plans due to Covid-19 variant Omicron’s rapid. Spread.
The popular four-day conference, which had planned for a grand return, is still scheduled to start January 5.