Curtailing Pre-Midnight Celebrations Is The Wrong This To Do This NYE
There is no questions that New Year’s Eve 2021 (well, actually NYE 2020; it leads into 2021) will be different than any previous ones in our lifetime.
Massive public celebrations with fireworks have been significantly reduces if not complete canceled, bars and nightclubs around the world are not even open in many places, promoter parties are not happening and even house parties are being discouraged by local and regional officials.
But there’s one things that is just plain dumb: Cities that are having celebrations but installing curfews. Before midnight. Key West has a curfew of 10 p.m., with everyone required to be off the streets by 10:30 (yeah, good luck with getting people to scatter and return back to their hotel rooms in half an hour).
Other cities have put curfews in place starting at 11 p.m.
These measures, put in place in attempt to control the spread of coronavirus – a noble thought, to be sure – are going to have just the opposite effect of their intended purpose.
And here’s why.
Contract tracing research has revealed that as much as 60% of cases come from family and small gatherings. They don’t come from being out at bars and restaurants, where they can be more spread out than in a confined area such as a house or apartment.
Or a hotel room.
And where are people going when they are told to scatter off the streets and out of the bars and restaurants? To houses, apartments and hotel rooms to continue partying. They will NOT go back, turn on the TV and quietly settle down to sleep.
Just the opposite will be the case. It’s like watching your sports team win a big game or a championship– when it’s over you don’t immediately want to settle down and say “well that was good” and go back home. You want to celebrate.
That is especially true this year. People are going to want to do extra celebrating in order to kick the miserable 2020 to the curb. Oh, for real they know that nothing changes at the stroke of midnight, but there’s a vaccine out now and the arrival of 2021 at least offers hope that COVID is behind us.
And that hope alone is reason to celebrate.
Plus, when you tell someone they can’t do something, then the natural rebel mentality in them will cause them to resist, and therefore the curfew rule will be more difficult to enforce. It will be especially tough once people are already out partying – it will be like pulling a toy away from a kid at bedtime.
Now I am not one to bitch and criticize without offering solutions. And so here’s what cities should do – either not let anyone out or just not have a curfew. If you do the latter and not have anything for them to stay out for, such as fireworks or open bars much beyond midnight, then people will say “well this is boring, let’s go home now.”
That is a way better solution than to send them home or back to hotel rooms wanting to continue to party.