New York City will allow people who have been fully vaccinated to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. said Tuesday.
why it matters: Last year’s event did not have a public audience due to the coronavirus pandemic.
description: Officials said those having fun will have to show proof of vaccination and a valid photo ID.
- Those who cannot get vaccinated because of a disability need to show a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event, Times Square Alliance president Tom Harris said at a news conference. If possible, they will also have to wear masks.
- Harris said children under the age of 5 would have to live with someone who has proof of vaccination.
What are they saying: “We want to welcome all those hundreds of thousands of people, but everyone needs vaccinations,” de Blasio said.
- “Join the crowd, join in the joy, join in a historic moment as New York City provides further proof to the world that we are 100% behind,” he said.
Between the lines: New Year’s Eve is the last day in de Blasio’s office. “It would leave any repercussions from the incident in the hands of Mr. [Eric] Adams, who will be inaugurated on January 1, 2022.” The New York Times writes,