NEW YORK (PIX11) – New Years Eve in Times Square will be a lot busier than last year when revelers return to ring in 2022. That’s according to an announcement by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday.
“Let’s do it the right way, let’s do it the safe way,” the mayor said. “We want to welcome all these hundreds of thousands of people, but everyone needs to be vaccinated. “
The celebration will return “in full force,” open to those who are fully vaccinated against COVID and present valid photo ID, the mayor said. Those who cannot get the vaccine due to a medical disability must be masked and provide a negative COVID test within 72 hours. People under the age of five must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.
The announcement comes after New Years’ festivities in Times Square were closed to the general public last year due to the pandemic. The mayor of Blasio announced on Monday that there would be to be a “great and wonderful” celebration in Times Square this year.
“We want to have a big New Year’s celebration,” the mayor said. “This city has been through so much, but it has been a heroic city fighting against COVID. “
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year New Year’s festivities have been “virtually improved”, with only a small number of people on the streets of Times Square: Doctors, nurses, teachers, grocery store workers and transit workers were among those invited to enjoy the celebration in socially remote enclosures .