Times Square combats COVID-19 and the Omicron Variant

Times Square combats COVID-19 and the Omicron Variant

Maddie Hess

As everyone knows, New Year’s Eve in Times Square is usually a big event. Due to the pandemic, ringing in 2021 did not compare to past years before Covid-19. But ringing in 2022 was planned to make Coronavirus accommodations.

The mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, worked hard to keep everyone safe this New Year’s Eve. Because of last year’s virtual event, the mayor wanted to bring the Times Square celebration back this year while keeping everyone safe at the same time. There were only about 15,000 people let into the event in comparison to the usual 58,000 people that used to show up pre-pandemic. 

According to the New York Times, Mayor de Blasio stated before the event took place, “All you need to do is have proof of vaccination and a valid photo ID and you are in.” 

WTAE Pittsburgh Action News said that all children under 5-years-old had to be accompanied by a vaccinated adult. While the event required that most individuals be vaccinated, accommodations were made for those with disabilities who could not be vaccinated. 

Tom Harris, who is the head of the Times Square Alliance, explained these accommodations.

“Harris said that those attending with disabilities who cannot be vaccinated must show proof of negative PCR test within 72 hours,” WTAE stated. 

I’m sure everyone hopes that the ringing in of 2023 will go back to being even more normal comparing to pre-pandemic celebrations. As everyone continues to wear masks and get vaccinated, maybe it will be!