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.
“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.”
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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.
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.