Planning continues for in-person CES in Jan.

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CES 2020 drew 170,000 people to the Las Vegas Convention Center in 2020.
CES 2020 drew 170,000 people to the Las Vegas Convention Center in 2020.

Planning for CES 2021 in the expanded Las Vegas Convention Center in January continues amid uncertainty about when large gatherings will again be permitted in Nevada.

The largest tech event of the year attracted 170,000 to Las Vegas in January before the onset of the pandemic. Massive shows such as CES spurred the construction of the convention center's expansion.

CES officials said they are still anticipating an in-person show, and they will continue to expand show's digital outreach.

"You can expect to see a wider selection of live-streamed CES content, along with many other engaging digital and virtual opportunities, enabling you to connect with the world's leading technology innovators, thought leaders and policymakers," according to the statement on the CES website. "We will showcase our exhibitors' products, technology breakthroughs and ideas to the world, both physically in Las Vegas and digitally."

CES is working with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and show venues as they develop reopening protocols to follow the recommendations of public health experts and standards set by the federal, state and local governments.

Among the plans:

• Regularly sanitizing spaces in show venues; providing sanitization stations.

• Promoting social distancing by widening aisles in exhibit areas and providing more space between seats in conference programs.

• Encouraging best practices for those attending (wearing masks, washing hands and avoiding handshakes).
 Installing no-touch systems for purchases and transactions.

CES is evaluating contactless thermal scans at key venue entry points and enhanced on-site access to health service and medical aid.

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