Workers prepare the stage for New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square in New York on December 31, 2020.
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On New Years Eve, Times Square will again be filled with cheering crowds, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday, inviting hundreds of thousands of revelers to the largest end-of-year celebration in the United States.
All revelers must bring proof of full vaccination, including all eligible people 5 years of age or older, and a valid photo ID. Beyond this requirement, there will be no crowd restrictions in Times Square on December 31st.
Those unable to get the COVID-19 vaccine due to disability can still come, although they must provide proof of a negative COVID test result within 72 hours of arrival. Children under 5 years of age must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult, and anyone who cannot be vaccinated – whether due to age or disability – must wear masks.
Times Square checkpoints will be adjusted to give NYPD and other officers more time to review required documentation. More details will be released in the coming days, officials said, but the most important news has yet to be released.
“It will be a big celebration in full force,” de Blasio said, blowing up the sound generator, and half a dozen of his team members will do the same behind him. It doesn’t look like the fully vaccinated crowd in Times Square will be restricted on December 31st.
“Everyone’s going down,” said the exuberant de Blasio. “We are proud to announce that the ball has dropped, everything, the return in full force, the hundreds of people who are going to celebrate. We can finally get back together. It will be amazing. “
The ball drop to mark the end of yet another year hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic comes as the one-time epicenter of the crisis continues to accelerate its recovery, according to one de Blasio, fueled by vaccinations.
The Democrat described the New Year’s Eve party this year as a celebration of a lifetime – a moment of inner inspiration for New York, the country, and the world.
“Join the crowd, join the joy, join the historic moment as New York provides the world with additional proof that we are 100% back,” de Blasio said emphatically.
Tuesday’s announcement came a day after the mayor hinted at “big, wonderful holiday“This will happen in 2022 after the eerily deserted streets at the Crossroads of Peace, but for the small group of workers on the front lines when a ton of confetti fell last year. Last year, the revelers were told directly. “Do not come“in Times Square to celebrate, but a lot has changed since then. More changes are likely to come.
In the end, a year-end holiday will be nothing like the 2020 holiday atmosphere without a crowd. It wasn’t long before another significant wave of COVID-19 swept the United States, and just as the very first vaccinations were made available to healthcare workers and other frontline workers.
All celebrations and celebrations will continue to be broadcast live on television and online, just like last year. But the atmosphere will surely feel differently, beating with the united heart of the city, once – and in a sense forever – the devastated COVID that finds its powerful foundation again.
The City is working tirelessly to bring Times Square back to life and is monitoring their progress along the way. According to Tom Harris, president of the Times Square Alliance, pedestrian traffic speaks for itself. His organization monitors foot traffic. According to him, over the past few months it has grown by 50%.
More than 270,000 people visited Times Square last Saturday, Harris said. He noted that Broadway has already received over a million visitors since it fully opened its doors to vaccinated visitors just two months ago.
“International travelers are back. And we’re thrilled to be working with your team to safely welcome revelers to Times Square on New Years Eve, ”said Harris of the ongoing collaboration with the de Blasio administration. “Much of our success has come from vaccinating people and making sure they can safely return to our new standards.”