For the fully vaccinated, anyway.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement, saying the event will be at “full strength.”
He added, “we want to welcome all those hundreds of thousands of folks but everyone needs to be vaccinated.”
Those who, for medical or other reasons, have not been vaccinated are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test three days prior to the event and must also wear a mask at the celebration.
The size and scale of the event – which makes New York city one of the world’s top New Year’s Eve destinations – makes it a must, the mayor explained, while other outdoor events in the Big Apple do not have such a requirement.
“When you’re outdoors with a few hundred thousand people packed close together for hours on end, it’s a different reality,” de Blasio said. “You’re talking about a lot of people really close for a long period of time. It makes sense to protect everyone.”
The celebration is so huge, many people arrive as early as 5 p.m., for the midnight ball drop. Also, be careful about some of the restaurants and bars in the Times Square area offering pre-paid all-you-can-drink packages. They are often so packed you can only get maybe three or four drinks over a period of several hours.
PubClub.com provides these and other tips for attending NYC’s NYE celebration.
New Year’s Eve 2021 is Friday, Dec. 31.