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NYC New Year’s Eve Celebration will Return for people who are vaccinated

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New York City is planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve at “full strength” in Times Square once again after only a few celebrations last year due to the pandemic.

However, those who plan to see the ball drop into person will have to prove they have received a complete vaccination, according to theThe New York Times.

“We want all those hundreds of thousands of people to come to our home, but everybody should be vaccinated,” Mayor Bill de Blasio stated during a news conference Tuesday.

According to the Times Square Alliance, the New Year’s Eve celebrations will also be live-streamed on TV and on the internet.

“Join the crowd, join the joy, join a historic moment as New York City provides further evidence to the world that we are back 100,” de Blasio said.

But the vaccination requirement could prove challenging to handle The newspaper stated. Officials from the city’s health department and police officers, including some who opposed the mayor’s demand for city employees to get vaccinations, will have to manage the crowd and make sure that everyone is vaccinated.

“We trust the Police Department on operational issues like this, unless they affect the guy and gal on the street,” John Nuthall, an official spokesperson for the Police Benevolent Association, the union that represents the city police officers, told the newspaper.

The Times reported that anyone who is not able or unwilling to receive a vaccine because of a disability should prove that they have a negative coronavirus test within the next 72 hours. Children under five years old, who aren’t yet able to receive a vaccination, will need to be accompanied by a vaccinated adult.

Although vaccines aren’t required for other outdoor activities in New York, people need to be vaccinated for the ball drop since the event draws people from all over the world to gather in a large crowd for long periods of time, de Blasio told reporters.

He added, “When you’re outside with a few hundred thousands people who are crowded together for hours on the last day, it’s an entirely different reality.” “You’re talking about many people who are close for extended periods of time. It makes sense to protect everyone.”

The newspaper reported that public health experts cautioned that it’s difficult to predict whether the major event which has seen an increase in COVID-19-related cases, will be safe at the end of the day. Tourists can visit nearby stores and restaurants, and could be able to bring the virus back home to their homes.

Other major cities across the world have cancelled their New Year’s Eve plans, according to the Times. London has canceled the city’s fireworks display while Amsterdam canceled its festivities this week in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases. Munich has cancelled its famous Christmas market on Tuesday.

According to Ashish Jha (MD, dean of Brown University School of Public Health), the Times Square celebrations with required vaccinations seem “very reasonable” at the moment.

“Vaccines allow outdoor events, which are already pretty low risk, extremely low risk,” he said.

The people will have to decide their tolerance for risk and take decisions. Following Tuesday’s announcement, many have already began planning to attend the event or avoid the crowds in Times Square.

Jha declared that “we have to return to doing things which are really meaningful.” “New New Year’s Eve in Times Square is an American icon, and I believe we’re at a stage in the pandemic when we’re able to do it safely.”

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