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New York City will allow people who are fully vaccinated to celebrate New Year's Eve in Times Square this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.
Why it matters: Last year's event did not have a public audience due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Details: Revelers must show proof of vaccination and a valid photo ID, officials said.
Those who cannot get vaccinated due to a disability need to show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event, Times Square Alliance President Tom Harris said at a news conference. They must also wear a mask if they can.
Children who are under 5 will have to be with someone who has proof of vaccination, Harris added.
What they're saying: “We want to welcome all those hundreds of thousands of folks, but everyone needs to be vaccinated,” De Blasio said.
“Join the crowd, join the joy, join a historic moment as New York City provides further evidence to the world that we are 100% back," he added.
Between the lines: New Year's Eve is De Blasio's last day in office. "That will leave any fallout from the event in the hands of Mr. [Eric] Adams, who will be inaugurated on Jan. 1, 2022," the New York Times writes.
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