New York City reduces the amount of tourists allowed to view the famous buildings. New Year’s Eve ball dropat Times SquareA record high in COVID-19 cases in the city, and it’s requiring everyone be fully vaccinated — and masked.

Only 15,000 persons will be permitted to view the countdown from 2022 in outdoor viewing areas. All will need to present proof of vaccination. In past years, the event attracted more than 1,000,000 revelers.

Only a few hundred people — largely city officials and health care workers — gathered to watch the ball drop to ring in 2021.

“There’s a lot to celebrate, and the additional safety measures … will keep the fully vaccinated crowd at Times Square safe and healthy as we ring in the New Year,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement on Thursday.

Record numbers of COVID-19-related cases have prompted a new round in school, restaurant, Broadway, and other institutions to be closed. Rockettes’ famous Christmas show.

On Thursday, the state had reported 39,000 cases. According to the city, there were 39,000 cases. over the past weekIt is also the highest level since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Although hospitalizations have been slow to catch up to the increase in cases, they are now becoming overcrowded.

“The mayor has made the right move to take precautionary measures as we learn to live with Covid and fight the omicron variant,” said Mayor-elect Eric Adams. The inauguration ceremony, originally planned for Brooklyn’s 3,000-capacity theatre, has been cancelled by Adams.


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