Amazon among key tech firms to drop CES plans on COVID-19 concern

As fears about Omicron grow, Amazon Inc, Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O), Twitter Inc (TWTR.N), and Pinterest Inc (PINS.N) said on Tuesday that they will not be sending teams to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

In the past, CES, which serves as an annual exhibition of new technological trends and gadgets, drew over 180,000 visitors from all around the world to a huge assortment of casinos and convention centers.

Due to the “fast-moving environment and uncertainty about the Omicron form” of coronavirus, Amazon and its smart-home unit Ring said they would not be onsite at next month’s event, a spokesperson for the company told Reuters in an email.

Amazon and Ring had chosen against attending the show in person, according to Bloomberg News. T-Mobile (TMUS.O), a U.S. wireless carrier and conference sponsor, also announced that the great majority of its contingent would no longer be attending and that its CEO would not be giving a keynote address.

T-Mobile (TMUS.O), a U.S. wireless carrier and conference sponsor, also announced that the great majority of its contingent would no longer be attending and that its CEO would not be giving a keynote address.

“With this decision, we are prioritizing the safety of our staff and other attendees,” T-Mobile stated, adding that it was certain that CES organizers were taking all necessary precautions.