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New York refuses to cancel its legendary Times Square New Years Eve

New York refuses to cancel its legendary Times Square New Years Eve

Not even the fierce wave of omicron can with the mythical New Year’s Eve in Times Square in New York, where they will meet "only" 15,000 vaccinated people to welcome 2022, while coronavirus infections skyrocket in the Big Apple in recent weeks to levels never seen before.

The city refuses to give up its party par excellence, which makes New York the center of much attention on the last night of each year, and which this time, moreover, had been proclaimed as proof that the metropolis that never sleeps has returned to what it was before the pandemic.

"A big and full force celebration is returning to New York"New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said a month and a half ago when the long-awaited event was announced.

FROM 58,000 TO 15,000 PEOPLE

But two weeks before the aforementioned date, the authorities decided to lower the number of attendees from 58,000 that normally gather in the square up to 15,000 people, all of them compulsorily vaccinated and wearing a mask, and although this is a substantial decrease, it still clearly goes against what the experts recommend.

"If your plans are to go to a New Year’s Eve party of 40 or 50 people (…) with everyone kissing and hugging and wishing each other a happy new year, I would highly recommend that this year not be done"The chief epidemiologist of the US Government, Anthony Fauci, said two days before December 31.

Even so, New York has already welcomed the large luminous figures that will welcome 2022 already the enormous sphere of more than 5,400 kilos that descends from the mast located at number 1, Times Square.

It has even held an event to rehearse the launch of the nearly 1,400 kilos of confetti that fall on Times Square in less than a minute.


The city of skyscrapers, which became one of the epicenters of the coronavirus in the first months of the pandemic and was hit hard, does not seem to fear a new wave of cases, and has ignored the cancellations decided by other large cities, such as Tokyo, Paris, London, or Rome, that have canceled New Year’s Eve celebration events.

"We lead vaccinations, we have reopened safely, and every day we work to achieve a recovery for all", De Blasio explained about his decision to go ahead with the event, in which in addition to vaccines and masks and it is recommended to keep a certain social distancing among the 15,000 attendees.

"There is much to celebrate, and additional safety measures will keep the vaccinated public safe as we welcome in the new year."added the outgoing mayor, who will precisely leave his post at midnight on December 31.


But just over 48 hours before New Year’s Eve, the number of daily coronavirus positives was skyrocketing to 70,000 in a single day in New York state, more than double the previous record.

A marked presence of the virus that is behind the new order of the New York Police, which has prohibited its agents from taking vacations on the last day of 2021 and the first in 2022 due to a staff shortage caused by new infections.

In the rest of the New York state, they have chosen to cancel various celebrations, including in the towns of Westchester, White Plains, Yorktown or Peekskill.



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