For a while, it seemed that we could celebrate New Year’s Eve in the major cities of the planet with something akin to the great celebrations of yesteryear.
Another rise in Covid-19 and the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus have dashed those hopes, at least in some part of the world. In New York City, the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square will be “reduced,” with fewer revelers and everyone should wear a mask, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office said last week.
But some major cities in Europe, where the spread of Omicron has been alarming, have already announced they have outright cancellation plans.
Other cities around the world with traditionally iconic celebrations still plan to host their events, but with the safety precautions in place. People should avoid large New Years Eve gatherings where they do not know the vaccination status of the guests, said Dr. Anthony Fauci on Monday, December 27. Small gatherings of vaccinated family members or close friends will be safe, but not larger co-ed gatherings, Fauci told CNN’s New Day. I would steer clear of that who is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.
Starting at 4 p.m. ET December 28, this is what some of the world’s cities were doing with traditionally large New Years Eve events. There is no fireworks show over the Acropolis this year. Health Minister Thanos Plevris said during a press conference on Thursday, December 23, that all public Christmas and New Year celebrations planned by municipalities have been canceled. All travelers arriving in Greece are strongly advised to take Covid-19 tests on the second and fourth days after arrival.
Starting at 6 a.m. On Thursday, December 24, the masks will once again be mandatory in the interior and exterior spaces. For supermarkets and public transport, a double mask or a high protection mask will be required.
The measures will last until January 3, when according to Plevris, more restrictions could be imposed on sports and entertainment venues. according to a tweet from Underground Atlanta. While we are saddened to miss this year’s party and musical acts, we are so excited to bring the Peach Drop back next year and better than ever.
Germany will impose strict contact restrictions to curb the spread of Covid from December 28 and will ban New Year’s Eve gatherings, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Tuesday, December 21. That means there will be no big fireworks gathering in Berlin, the capital, or other big gathering places like Munich and Frankfurt.
Starting Dec. 28, a maximum of 10 people will be allowed to gather in groups, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or recovered, Scholz said. Children under the age of 13 are exempt from the new contact restrictions.