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#New #York #City’s #Times #Square was barricaded on #Thursday, with only a handful of invited guests, including health care workers and others from the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, allowed in to watch the #New #Year’s #Eve ball drop in person.

#Mayor #Bill de #Blasio said everyone else should stay home and watch the pared-down festivities on television; scores of events around the US have been similarly curtailed or moved online.

#Tens of thousands of people usually fill the blocks around #Times #Square, standing for hours in the cold at the focal point of US #New #Year’s #Eve celebrations, waiting for a crystal ball to slowly descend in the year’s final seconds.



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#Barricades are set up to maintain social distancing before the #New #Year’s #Eve celebration in #Times #Square, #New #York #Photograph: #Kena #Betancur/AFP/Getty #Images

#Police will allow in only a few dozen this year, with masks and no sign of fever required for entry. #Among them will be the #Bronx-born singer #Jennifer #Lopez and #Gloria #Gaynor, who is due to sing her disco classic I #Will #Survive for a few dozen frontline workers and their families.

#Organisers have invited a grocery store worker, a building doorman, a pizza delivery man and doctors and nurses, including #Sandra #Lindsay, the #New #York nurse this month who became the first recipient of a coronavirus vaccine in the US outside trials.

#More than 25,000 #New #Yorkers were killed by #Covid-19 this year: back in spring, the city grappled with what was the world’s deadliest outbreak at the time.

“It’s going to be actually, arguably, the most special, the most poignant, the most moving #New #Year’s #Eve,” de #Blasio, who will push the button to start the crystal ball’s descent, told reporters. “In 2021, we’re going to show people what it looks like to recover, to come back.”

#As new daily case tallies continue to rise across the US, bars and restaurants and other gathering places are closed or have sharply limited capacity.

#In #Las #Vegas, #Boston and beyond, official fireworks displays have been cancelled.



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https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/dec/31/coronavirus-covid-live-news-updates-vaccine-lockdown

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