Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter are among the companies that have said they would not send representatives to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January.

It comes as fears regarding the distribution of the Covid-19 Omicron version rise.

Other companies, including Google and its self-driving business Waymo, have confirmed their attendance.

The organizers stated that the meeting would begin on 5 January and would last four days, subject to health measures.

These will include immunization documentation, mask use, and on-site Covid testing.

Attendees must be properly vaccinated against Covid-19, and the organizers encourage testing prior to traveling to Las Vegas and within 24 hours of accessing one of the events.

 Las Vegas CES
Las Vegas CES

Parallel to the in-person event, a digital one will be held, providing access to conference sessions, keynote addresses, and networking opportunities.

CES is one of the busiest weeks on the technology calendar, with companies exhibiting new products and discussing emerging trends. It is held throughout the city’s hotels and conference centers and has previously drawn more than 180,000 visitors.

It was hosted virtually last year due to the Consumer Technology Association’s inability to safely convene tens of thousands of people.

At the time, organizer Gary Shapiro told the BBC that he anticipated 2022 would see the revival of a real-world meeting, but one with a strong emphasis on social distancing and sanitary controls.

“There is an unquenchable want for human interaction. It is possible that there will be no immediate embraces and handshakes. And perhaps, other events will occur prior to ours, allowing us to see excellent practices. However, we are going to be unique “‘At the time, he stated.

Web Summit, another significant technological conference, took place in Lisbon in November, albeit with a smaller audience.