- Crowds will again fill New York’s Times Square this New Year’s Eve, with the identity of COVID-19 vaccination.
- People who cannot be vaccinated because of a disability would have to get a negative COVID-19 certificate.
Crowds will again fill New York’s Times Square this New Year’s Eve, with the identity of COVID-19 vaccination required for people who want to watch the ball drop physically, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday.
“Yes, we are very proud to announce that Times Square, wonderful celebration in Times Square, the ball drop, everything, coming back full of strength the way we love it,” the mayor stated. “Hundreds of thousands of people come there to celebrate. So we can finally get back together. It’s going to be fun.”
Tom Harris, the president of the Times Square Alliance, said all visitors aged five and over would be asked to show proof of complete vaccination when entering. He stated that people who can not be vaccinated because of a disability would have to get a negative COVID-19 certificate.
The city’s most iconic public gathering, the New Year’s Eve celebration, was a socially distant affair during the pandemic.
There were empty streets as officials told people to stay at home and watch the ball drop on the television. Jennifer Lopez performed behind police barriers to small groups made up of essential workers.
With the proof of vaccines, the city’s public celebrations have been on the upswing in 2021. The Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks again welcomed crowds to gather and watch as fireworks lit up the sky, and some parades returned to city streets.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will also be returning to pre-COVID form, with giant balloons guided by volunteer handlers making their way through the event’s Manhattan parade route instead of the one-block stretch they were kept to last year.
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