With rising COVID cases many events and activities have been limited or canceled. Broadway is getting shut down, Fox pulled their “Fox’s New Years’ Eve Toast & Roast 2022,” and many other events have been canceled. Among all the cancelations ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest’ on ABC is still moving forward.
According to Deadline, ABC was waiting and NY Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that NYC will do the traditional New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. Of course there will be more rules, less people, proof of vaccination requirements and masks and social distancing will be enforced.
I would be surprised if ABC didn’t do everything it could to make this event happen as it’s the 50th Anniversary for the popular show. But right now it’s still tentative and things could change. The Times Square Alliance and the city are monitoring the situation and will make changes if need be.
How many less?
Well normally there are about 58,000 spectators for the event. This year there will be only 15,000 allowed. Those wanting to attend will not be allowed to get in until 3PM.
ABC is going to move forward with the special and are following the protocols that are being set down.
De Blasio isn’t going to want to cancel either as it’s last big event. His eight year term as mayor ends at midnight and Mayor-elect Eric Adams then steps in.
Here’s what De Blasio had to say:
“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. 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.”
Mayor-elect Eric Adams offered this statement:
“New York is the best place in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve and now it will be one of the safest against Covid as well. The Mayor has made the right move to take precautionary measures as we learn to live with Covid and fight the Omicron variant—and New Yorkers and visitors alike can now enjoy Times Square and the rest of our city as we ring in 2022.”
It’s on right now. Hopefully that continues.
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