New Year’s Eve may look more familiar this year in Times Square, at least to those who are vaccinated for COVID-19, according to the New York Times.
Mayor Bill de Blasio stated that while we want to welcome all the hundreds of thousands of people, everyone needs to be vaccinated.
“Join in the crowd, enjoy the joy, and join a historic moment. New York City is further proof that we are 100 percent back.”
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Although the police are charged to ensure that all people are fully vaccinated, the Times noted that this will be a logistical problem to resolve.
The president of Times Square Alliance will require anyone who isn’t vaccinated for a disability to show proof within 72 hours.
Children under five years of age must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult.
In a recent news conference, De Blasio rationalized the vaccine requirements because of the duration of the New Year’s event and the diversity of people that descend onto Times Square from around the world.
“When you’re outdoors with a few hundred thousand people packed close together for hours on end, it’s a different reality,” the mayor said. “You’re talking about a lot of people really close for long periods of time. It makes sense to protect everyone.
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After eight years running New York City, the New Year’s Eve celebration will be De Blasio’s final day in office, potentially launching him to a possible bid for governor in the new year, the Times noted.
Public health experts warn the dynamics of COVID-19 are constantly changing, so predicting the number of infections around New Year’s Eve will be difficult right now.
Other international cities, such as London and Munich, are more cautious.
London canceled its end-of-year fireworks display in October, Amsterdam canceled its New Year’s Eve celebrations this week due to a COVID-19 surge in infections, and Munich canceled its popular Christmas market.
This year, however, vaccinated revelers are invited to Times Square.
“Times Square NYE 2022 will invite revelers back into Times Square to witness the Ball Drop in person with proof of vaccination and valid photo identification. According to the Times Square Alliance website, the highly anticipated festivities will be broadcast on television and online. They will include a virtual multimedia experience.
Click here for more information on the Times Square event.
Source: Fox News