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Fully vaccinated will be allowed to gather in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, mayor de Blasio announces

New York City’s Times Square will once again be filled with revelers bringing in the new year on Dec. 31, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday, this is provided that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Last year, the coronavirus pandemic allowed only a handful of invited guests, including essential workers, to witness in person the dropping of the iconic New Year’s Eve ball, signaling the start of the new year.

“We can finally get back together again,” de Blasio told reporters, touting New York City’s recovery after more than a year of pandemic hardship. “It’s going to be amazing; it’s going to be a joy for this city. “Hundreds of thousands of people there to celebrate. We can finally get back together again. It’s going to be amazing,” he added.

Tom Harris, the president of the Times Square Alliance, said all spectators aged 5 and over will be asked to show proof of full vaccination and a valid photo ID. People who can’t be vaccinated because of a disability will have to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test in the last 72 hours and will be required to wear a mask, he said.

Earlier this month, U.S. health authorities authorized the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech for children aged 5 to 11. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will also be returning with giant balloons guided by volunteer handlers making their way through the event’s Manhattan parade route, instead of the one-block stretch they were kept to last year. 

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held on December 1, but organizers have not yet revealed details about whether public access will be allowed. 

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: BDTONLINE.COM

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