© Reuters. December 29, 2021, Manhattan, New York City, USA, 7-year-old Jessica Martini (Jessica Martini) wears a hat with confetti in it, because the confetti on New Year’s Eve is celebrating A “flight test” was conducted before the event. REUTERS/Yana Paskova
By Brad Brooks
(Reuters)-When asked about her hopes for 2022, Dana Fenner reads carefully in the aisle of a party city store in Texas, and her hands are all New Year Eve hat and horns.
“Normal. I hope everything is back to normal,” said Fenner, who bought the low-key, unadorned celebrations she, her husband and three children planned on Friday.
With the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, Americans tired of the epidemic shared Fenner’s wishes with Fenner amid the sharp increase in coronavirus cases. https://www.reuters.com/world/us/experts-warn- omicron-blizzard-disrupt -us-next-month-2021-12-30 and promote the United States to reach a record level of cases.
In some places, including Los Angeles, the latest virus wave broke the official New Year’s Eve carnival plan. But New York and several other cities said the party would continue even in a scaled-down manner.
The New York City carnival-the largest and most iconic in the United States-will once again be scaled down https://www.reuters.com/world/us/new-york-city-scale-down -new -years-eve-celebrations-times-square-2021-12-23, city officials said. But it will be much bigger than a year ago, when there were only a few dozen people https://www.reuters.com/world/us/after-year-like-no-other-new-yorks-times-square-empties- out-new-years-eve-2020-12-31 was invited to watch the ball drop in Times Square.
For decades, the streets around Times Square on New Year’s Eve were full of party lovers. They stood in the cold for several hours, waiting to see a sparkling crystal ball from the building installed in the last few seconds of the year. Sliding down on the top pole. When the ball reached the bottom, the crowd burst into hugs, kisses and cheers.
This year, approximately 15,000 people will be allowed to show proof of fully vaccinated and enter the fenced area to witness the ball drop—about a quarter of the year before the pandemic.
Paul Warshaw, the co-founder of Balldrop.com https://www.balldrop.com, said that compared with the city a year ago, this is still a world. He spent twenty years producing the main Focus on the New Year’s Eve party celebration.
After holding no events last year, Warshaw stated that he will host about 40 events in New York on Friday, serving more than 25,000 people. This is in line with the pre-pandemic level.
“Although people are acting cautiously, they are still very excited,” Warshaw said, emphasizing that all his indoor activities will comply with strict vaccination certificates and other safety policies.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert, urges people to avoid large gatherings to celebrate the arrival of 2022.
On CNN this week, Fauci told people to stay away from large gatherings and said that “there are other years to do this, but not this year.”
Fauci said that family gatherings for people who have been vaccinated and boosted are safe.
Chris Beyrer, an epidemiologist at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, said that vaccine coverage in the United States is stubbornly low, with a vaccination rate of about 63%, which makes this year’s New Year’s Eve Much more dangerous than it should be.
“This is one of the coldest times of the year, so it means that the celebration is going on inside,” he said. “And what we worry about is those indoor celebrations, especially those who are mixed together.”
Even more worrying, Beyrer said, for those who want to make sure the parties they host or attend are as safe as possible, the level of available testing is frustratingly low.
Although the atmosphere this year is more active than a year ago, the reality of the wave of light cases in Europe and the United States has dealt a heavy blow to some cities and high-level figures.
Earlier this month, Los Angeles cancelled plans to host an outdoor countdown party in Grand Park and chose to broadcast the celebrations for the second year in a row.
Rapper LL Cool J said on Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19 and had to resign from the headline of the ABC annual toss show “Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest’s New Year’s Rock Night” news. TMZ reported this week that Sean “Diddy” Combs cancelled his star-studded party in Miami, telling 500 invitees that the coronavirus has made it an untenable party for the second year in a row.