New York City’s Times Square rang in the year 2021 with a virtual ball-dropping celebration, as coronavirus cases climbed across the U.S.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday that Times Square will be open for celebrations this New Year’s Eve — but only to fully vaccinated revelers.
He certainly seemed joyful to deliver the news:
BREAKING: @NYCMayor announces that New Year’s Eve in @TimesSquareNYC is BACK at Brooklyn Borough Hall #inBrooklyn.— City of New York (@nycgov) November 16, 2021
We have fun. https://t.co/whheEaB3kC pic.twitter.com/nIkOjd0vwa
De Blasio stressed that the city is working with health officials to make the event a safe one. Attendees must show proof of vaccination and a valid photo ID.
Tom Harris, the president of the Times Square Alliance, appeared virtually at the press briefing to expand on the mayor’s comment. He noted that Times Square is already attracting more visitors, with its pedestrian count up more than 50% in the last several months.
More than 270,000 people visited Times Square last Saturday alone, Harris said, and Broadway has already welcomed back more than a million visitors. He said that success is largely due to people being vaccinated and feeling confident in venturing back out.