New York City Mayor Promises New Year's Eve Party in Times Square
Sylvie Claire / November 17, 2021
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday promised the return of crowds for the New Year's Eve party in Times Square after it was canceled in 2020/2021 because of the pandemic that has plagued the city and the world.
Hundreds of thousands of people will come to celebrate, we can finally get together, it will be fantastic, announced the Democratic mayor.
However, he immediately clarified that proof of vaccination would be required to enter the premises. The only possible exceptions are children under 5 years of age or people with medical incompatibility with the vaccine, who will have to provide a negative test less than 72 hours old.
The New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square, which have been held since the beginning of the 20th century, are emblematic of the American cultural and tourist capital; the images of its fireworks are shown around the world, as well as being televised in the USA.
But last year, the traditional ball drop on Times Tower and confetti release took place in an empty plaza, with the party held only for television and a handful of essential workers and their families, in honor of their role during the Covid-19 crisis.
The city of more than 8 million people had been the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States in the spring of 2020 and had to come to a standstill, while its hospitals were overwhelmed with patients and several hundred deaths each day. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 34,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the American megacity.
Since November 8 and the full reopening of the American borders, New York, for which tourism is an essential sector, can once again welcome visitors from around the world.