Times Square reopens on New Years Eve – with drug protection


Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) – This New Year’s Eve, New York’s Times Square will once again see evidence of COVID-19 vaccination needed for revelers looking to watch the ball drop in person, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.

“Yes, we are proud to announce that Times Square, the wonderful Times Square celebration, the ball drop, everything, everything is back in full force as we do it,” de Blasio said in a virtual briefing. “Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered here to celebrate. We can finally get back together. It will be amazing. “

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Tom Harris, president of the Times Square Alliance, said all viewers age 5 and older will be asked to provide proof of complete vaccination. People who cannot be vaccinated due to disabilities will have to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, he said.

Celebrating New Years, arguably the city’s most iconic public event, was a socially distant affair at the height of last year’s pandemic.

There was not a single crowd of dizzy revelers, cheek to chin. Instead, the streets were mostly empty as officials told people to stay at home and watch the ball fall on TV. Artists, including Jennifer Lopez, performed behind police barricades in front of small groups of key workers.