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Conventions industry on edge amid omicron


Attendees take their photo in front of a sign as they arrive at the International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Canceled Broadway shows. Shuttered restaurants. Lines of people wrapped around the block at walk-in medical clinics. Businesses sending their employees home.

It sounds like a flashback to March 2020. The highly contagious omicron variant is driving a surge of infections. In New York, the wave is particularly pronounced, with a seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases nearly doubling over the past week, according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.

The ability of this variant to break through the defenses of Covid vaccinations has prompted…


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