Sydney has canceled its New Year’s Eve (NYE) family firework show despite being weeks away from reopening for the second year in a row, with officials saying the move has to be managed in the “most COVID-safe way”. essential for. Possible.
There will be a fireworks display from the Sydney Harbor Bridge at midnight, but with potential restrictions regarding travel and crowd size.
A spokesman for the City of Sydney, the event’s official presenter, said a “difficult decision” had to be made to allow the NYE festival to “remain resilient” in the face of the changing health situation and public health system.
“On the scale of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve, contracts are signed, and money is spent months in advance,” she said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Fireworks always generate huge crowds, and two separate displays result in large numbers of people leaving for one show and arriving for the next.”
“In the current environment, limiting this mix of crowds will ensure that the event can be managed in the most COVID-safe manner for all attendees and staff.”
The announcement comes as Sydney is set to exit its nearly four-month lockdown in mid-October – when New South Wales hits the 70 percent fully immunization limit.
As of Tuesday, 54 percent of Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, has been fully vaccinated.
However, Sydney City Council’s decision to cancel the 9 p.m. ceremony attracted criticism from state treasurer Dominic Perrot, who said it was done too quickly.
“New Year’s Eve is 100 days away, and pulling the plug on an iconic event enjoyed by so many would seem a bit pre-emptive,” he said.
“While security should be a priority, it is something that should be closely examined to see what the alternatives are.
“COVID-19 has cast a long shadow over our entire lives, and I hope there is a way we can end the year with a bang and some spark,” Perrot said.
Sydney is home to one of the world’s most extensive NYE fireworks displays, centered on the Sydney Harbor Bridge and nearby Port Jackson. The festivities typically involve six barges spread over six kilometers of water shooting fireworks into the sky, with the use of 30,000 fireworks. Effect.
Last year, the NSW government took temporary custody of Sydney NYE celebrations, shortening it to a seven-minute fireworks display at midnight, half the duration of the fireworks display in 2020.
“We don’t want to create any super-spreading events on New Year’s Eve that ruin it for everyone moving across the state,” Berejiklian told a news conference last year.
The majority of Sydney residents watched the demonstration from home as participation in the event was only allowed to local residents who had a certain reservation at a hospitality business near the harbour, and employees of businesses within the area.
However, last year’s event still drew more than a million viewers and an estimated one billion people watching on TV around the world.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times