NYC weighs new restrictions for Instances Sq. New 12 months’s Eve celebration

Teresa Hui, 40, of Brooklyn, wears 2022 numeral glasses and a face masks in Instances Sq. forward of New 12 months’s Eve celebrations because the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to unfold in Manhattan, New York Metropolis, U.S., December 20, 2021.

Andrew Kelly | Reuters

New York Mayor Invoice de Blasio is weighing whether or not to impose extra security restrictions on town’s annual New 12 months’s Eve celebration in Instances Sq..

“We’re trying so as to add further measures to make it even safer. We’re nonetheless in dialogue. The aim, in fact, is to maintain it going,” de Blasio stated in an interview on CNN on Wednesday morning.

The New 12 months’s Eve celebration requires all attendees, until they’ve a medical exemption, to be absolutely vaccinated at the least two weeks beforehand, which might have been Friday. It would not require booster doses or masks for vaccinated folks. The mayor stated he’ll announce any adjustments by Christmas.

The annual social gathering come as New York Metropolis grapples with a serious uptick in Covid-19 circumstances. Greater than 9% of individuals within the metropolis who obtained examined for Covid had the virus as of Saturday. The so-called positivity fee, which exhibits the extent of an infection in an space, virtually doubled in a single week, in response to the New York Metropolis Well being Division’s most up-to-date information.

“If we have to make another modifications, clearly, working very carefully with our well being care leaders, we’ll determine that within the course this week, we’ll announce it earlier than Christmas,” De Blasio informed reporters at a information convention on Monday.

The Instances Sq. Alliance, which organizes the New 12 months’s Eve ball drop, stated it was working with town and hoped to announce any adjustments earlier than Christmas.

Final 12 months, town and the Instances Sq. Alliance held a totally masked New 12 months’s celebration with out the massive crowds revelers are used to seeing.

Metropolis officers hoped to have a extra regular, although absolutely vaccinated, celebration this 12 months after the Biden administration launched a large vaccination marketing campaign over the past 12 months. New York state has one of many highest vaccination charges within the nation with simply over 71% of its residents absolutely immunized in opposition to Covid, in contrast with some 62% of the U.S. inhabitants.

Now, as the brand new omicron variant rages by means of town, sure stay performances and Broadway exhibits have been canceled, like Radio Metropolis Music Corridor’s ‘Christmas Spectacular’ that includes the Rockettes.

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