De Blasio hinted at NYC’s New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square.


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hinted Monday that the city’s New Year’s Eve celebration will return to the individual program in Times Square, where a large crowd has been banned at the last ball drop due to a coronavirus epidemic.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attends the inauguration of a vaccine center for Broadway workers in Times Square on April 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai / Getty Images)
(Noam Galai / Getty Images)

“We want to have a New Year’s Eve in this city,” de Blasio said at his daily press conference. “This city has suffered so much, but it is a city of heroes fighting through COVID.”

“We’re turning the corner,” he continued. “We have a lot to celebrate, so it’s going to be a big moment in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCrae danced on stage in Times Square on December 31, 2020, in New York City on New Year's Eve.  (Photo by Gary Harshorn-Pool / Getty Images)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCrae danced on stage in Times Square on December 31, 2020, in New York City on New Year’s Eve. (Photo by Gary Harshorn-Pool / Getty Images)
(Gary Harshorn-Pool / Getty Images)

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He added, “We’re expecting a big, exciting celebration. We’re going to have some clear, smart rules to keep everyone safe. We’re expecting a great moment in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.”

De Blasio said more details about the Times Square celebration will be revealed on Tuesday, and he suggested that restrictions be set for the event. Sources said WLNY-TV Enthusiasts may be required to show fully vaccinated evidence against Covid-19 or to present a negative coronavirus test.

On January 1, 2021, on New Year's Eve in New York City, Confetti is flying in the mostly vacant Times Square.  - Coronavirus outbreaks have closed Times Square to everyone except a few.  (Photo by Corey Sipkin / AFP) (Photo by Corey Sipkin / AFP via Getty Images)

On January 1, 2021, on New Year’s Eve in New York City, Confetti is flying in the mostly vacant Times Square. – Coronavirus outbreaks have closed Times Square to everyone except a few. (Photo by Corey Sipkin / AFP) (Photo by Corey Sipkin / AFP via Getty Images)
(COREY SIPKIN / AFP via Getty Images)

The previous New Year’s Eve celebration in the Big Apple included live performances, but artists performed in an almost empty Times Square and people were encouraged to watch the reality show on television. The area around which the ball falls is covered by a live audience.

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