Great cities of the world cancel their New Year’s Eve party for the Omicron variant

Given the increase in coronavirus infections, especially the new Omicron variant, several cities around the world have decided to cancel or reduce their New Year’s Eve celebrations.


Sao Paulo, the most populous city in Brazil, announced the cancellation of its traditional New Year’s party amid growing concern about the arrival of the omicron variant in the country, which already leaves at least three infected in the region.

New York

In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the traditional celebration in Times Square will have a reduced number of attendees, that the use of a mask will be mandatory and that all people must be vaccinated.

Around 60 thousand people gather every December 31 in downtown Manhattan to see a mirror ball fall that marks the beginning of the year. But this time only 15 thousand people will be able to attend.

London and Scotland

According to international media, due to the increase in cases in the United Kingdom, London Mayor Sadiq Khan reported last Monday that an event in Trafalgar Square had been canceled. Instead, a midnight program will air on BBC One, the official reported.

Scotland’s Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that the public celebrations will be canceled.


Paris canceled its traditional fireworks show on the avenue des Champs-Élysées due to the new wave of infections. “The fireworks will not take place, and unfortunately there will be no DJ sets either,” Parisian authorities told the AFP news agency.


Infobae reports that, in Madrid there will also be restrictions. Puerta del Sol, the most emblematic place in the Spanish capital and where the end of the year chimes are traditionally celebrated, will have a capacity limitation of 7,000 people this December 31, due to the expansion of the coronavirus. The Police will control the use of the mask, mandatory outdoors from today, and that interpersonal distance is maintained.

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The Italian capital is one of the many cities in the country that canceled the festivities to stop contagion. Venice will not have its traditional fireworks show on New Year’s Eve.

New Delhi

The Indian capital announced a ban on all social, cultural, political and festive gatherings until further notice due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. According to the order of the Delhi government, all officials “shall ensure that no cultural events / meetings / congresses are held to celebrate Christmas or New Years.”

As explained by the mayor of São Paulo, Ricardo Nunes, who is in New York for a business trip, the measure follows an orientation of the scientific committee created to combat the coronavirus, which pointed out the need to "caution" given the epidemiological situation of the city.


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