After a very low-key celebration at the beginning of 2021, New York is all set to experience the grandeur of its New Year’s Eve celebrations in person this year.
On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio made the happy announcement, revealing that that full details on COVID-19 precautionary measures like masking and proof of vaccination rules for the New Year’s Eve celebration will be announced soon, but declared the festivities ringing in 2022 would be “large” and “wonderful.”
“We want to have a great New Year’s Eve celebration in this city. This city has been through so much, but this has been a heroic city fighting through COVID. We’re turning the corner. We got a lot to celebrate. So it’s going to be a big moment in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. We expect a large, wonderful celebration. We’re going to have some clear, smart rules to keep everyone safe. Expect a great moment in Times Square on New Year’s Eve,” he said during the virtual news conference, held in Brooklyn Borough Hall.
Last year, all celebrations in NYC were dimmed by the horrifying health crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The virtual and televised celebrations were no match for the real deal, and it was the first time since 1907 without a massive amount of in-person spectators who gather at Manhattan’s Crossroads of the World.