Cities cancel big New Years events around the world
(CNN) – For a while there it appeared that maybe we could ring New Years Eve in major cities around the world with something akin to the great celebrations of old.
Another outbreak of Covid-19 and the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus have dashed those hopes – at least in some parts of the world.
But some major cities in Europe, where Omicron’s spread has been surprising, have already announced that they are categorically canceling their plans.
Other cities around the world with traditionally iconic celebrations still plan to host their events but with safety precautions in place.
As of December 23, that’s what some of the cities around the world are doing with traditionally huge New Years Eve events.
The following cities (or nations) have already announced that they are canceling their large shindigs:
Traditionally, Greece holds a fireworks display above Acropolis hill during New Year’s celebrations. The show is canceled for this year.
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New: No fireworks display on the Acropolis this year. Health Minister Thanos Plevris told a press briefing on Thursday, December 23 that all public Christmas and New Year celebrations planned by municipalities are being canceled.
All travelers arriving in Greece will be strongly advised to take Covid-19 tests on the second and fourth days after arrival, in addition to the existing requirement to provide a negative test result to enter Greece.
From 6 a.m. on Thursday, December 24, masks will become mandatory again in indoor and outdoor spaces. For supermarkets and public transport, a double mask or a high protection mask will be mandatory.
The measures will last until January 3, when, according to Plevris, more restrictions could be put forward on sports and entertainment venues.
Germany will impose strict contact restrictions to curb the spread of Covid from December 28 and ban New Year’s gatherings, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Tuesday (December 21).
This means that there are no big fireworks displays in Berlin, the capital, or other big gathering places such as Munich and Frankfurt.
From December 28, a maximum of 10 people will be allowed to meet as a group, whether vaccinated or cured, Scholz said. Children 13 and under are exempt from the new contact restrictions.
Public New Years celebrations in Scotland will be canceled, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday (December 21st).
Sturgeon said this move “will also mean, sadly, that Hogmanay’s large-scale celebrations – including those planned here in our capital – will not take place. I know how disappointing it will be for those awaiting these events. impatiently “.
“Due to the increase in Covid cases, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our NYE event in Trafalgar Square,” the tweet from Khan’s verified account said. “The safety of all Londoners must come first.”
A statement attached to the tweet said the celebration was to accommodate 6,500 people in Trafalgar Square.
Instead, a program will air at midnight on BBC One, Khan said.
The Indian Union Territory government of Delhi, which encompasses the national capital of New Delhi, has announced a ban on all social, cultural, political and festive gatherings until further notice due to an increase in cases of Covid-19, reports the New Delhi office of CNN. .
All officials “must ensure that no cultural events / gatherings / congregations take place to celebrate Christmas or New Year” in the region, according to the order of the Delhi government.
Bars and restaurants will be allowed to operate at only 50% of their capacity.
Paris lights up for Christmas in places like Place Vendôme, but there won’t be a big New Year’s Eve.
Ludovic Marin / AFP via Getty Images
Events still scheduled
Sydney, Australia is planning to host its spectacular fireworks display for New Years Eve 2021.
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Not all cities in the world have canceled their celebrations. Here are some of the cities traditionally known for their exceptional fireworks and big New Year’s events that were still moving forward in their plans to December 21:
RIO DE JANEIRO
After canceling its New Year’s celebrations earlier this month, Rio de Janeiro, the party capital of Brazil, turned the tide this week.
“We want to celebrate the end of the year in a calm, safe and organized way. We met with the scientific committee, who confirmed that it would be safe to organize the city’s New Year celebrations in accordance with the arrangements presented by the city government. Said Mayor Eduardo Paes.
Party-goers are encouraged to stay close to home to “avoid unnecessary travel”.
CNN’s Laura Ly, Jason Hanna, Chris Liakos, Berlin Bureau, Lauren Kent, Samantha Beech, Swati Gupta, Duarte Mendonca, Maija Ehlinger, and Marcelo Medeiros contributed to this article.