Even GM's CEO must abide by the new rule.
Auto shows are finally getting back on track, though not at the rate organizers would like. Earlier this month, the New York auto show was officially canceled just two weeks before opening. That means the event won't be held for two years in a row. The 70th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance was held last weekend, but that's an outdoor show. Still, there is one way indoor events can provide additional health security for attendees: required vaccination.
Automotive News reports that organizers for the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) have confirmed all attendees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to physically enter the premises in Las Vegas. "Based on today's science, we understand vaccines offer us the best hope for stopping the spread of COVID-19," Gary Shapiro, the association's CEO, said.
"We all play a part in ending the pandemic through encouraging vaccinations and implementing the right safety protocols. We are taking on our responsibility by requiring proof of vaccination to attend CES 2022 in Las Vegas."
Organizers are still considering whether or not to accept a positive antibody test as an alternative to vaccination. Those who are unvaccinated and/or unable to travel can still participate online. CES has become a mecca of sorts for automakers to display new technologies, specifically for electric vehicles. This year's keynote speaker will, once again, be General Motors CEO Mary Barra.
Already with the GMC Hummer EV truck and SUV, Chevy Bolt EV, and Cadillac Lyriq, America's biggest automaker intends to become an EV-only company by 2035. It's a bold goal set by Barra and we're sure GM will be bringing some interesting stuff (perhaps a concept reveal?) to the show.
When Barra spoke at last year's CES, she talked about the company's EV development plans and how it's preparing to adapt to new customer expectations. CES, which will be held from January 5 to 8, could potentially serve as a blueprint formula for other indoor shows in the coming months. That's assuming, however, this new entry policy goes off without a hitch.