Large cities across the world are canceling their New Year’s Eve celebrations due to the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus while others are forging ahead with their plans.
The iconic New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City will go ahead as scheduled but will be “scaled back”, Mayor Bill De Blasio says, as party-goers will have to be fully vaccinated, wear face masks and practice social distancing measures amid the spread of the omicron variant.
“New Yorkers have stepped up tremendously over the past year – we are leading the way on vaccinations, we have reopened safely, and every day we work toward building a recovery for all of us,” the mayor of the largest American city explained. “There is a lot to celebrate, and these additional safety measures will keep the fully vaccinated crowd safe and healthy as we ring in the New Year.”
Other cities across the globe took a different approach and canceled New Year’s Eve celebrations altogether.
There will be no fireworks show at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece this year and authorities canceled all local Christmas and New Year’s Eve events.
The German cities of Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich have all canceled their firework celebrations and have prohibited large gatherings due to a feared “fifth wave” of the coronavirus.
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Source: Fox News