New York City is all set to embrace this New Year’s Eve under strict conditions imposed by the health officials.
The people of New York are ready to celebrate the New Year’s Eve as well as to bid farewell to the pandemic infused 2 years by reviving the celebration at Times Square.
The public health officials released a cautionary statement on Friday that unbridled celebrations should be avoided amidst the surging covid-19 cases fueled by the newly detected omicron variant.
The New York City officials declared that it will be limiting the number of people who want to celebrate at the famous Times Square.
The city stated “it would limit the number of people it lets into Times Square to witness a 6-ton ball, encrusted with nearly 2,700 Waterford crystals, descend above a crowd of about 15,000 in-person spectators — far fewer than the many tens of thousands of revelers who usually descend on the world-famous square to bask in the lights, hoopla, and shower of confetti during the nation’s marquee New Year’s Eve event.
“We are very excited to welcome back visitors to Times Square this New Year’s Eve,” said Tom Harris, the president of the Times Square Alliance. “Our goal is to have a safe and responsible event for the world to see.”
As per the tradition, the annual ball drop will take place on Friday as the clock will strike 12 changing the date, entering into the New Year. The much-celebrated occasion is at times commemorated with clinking pints, champagne, and prayers and hopes for amazing times ahead.
But as 2022 begins, there are a lot of prayers for the pandemic to finally end as the harrowing shadows of coronavirus have started to engulf the world once again all thanks to the omicron strain.
Last year the ball drop was closed for the public because of the coronavirus outbreak.
This year’s bash was also in doubt till the last moments as the daily tally of the Covid-19 case is rapidly increasing. Some cities like Atlanta have already canceled the New Year’s celebrations.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who will relinquish oversight of the nation’s most populous city at the stroke of midnight, said the festivities at Times square would “show the world that New York City is fighting our way through this.”