As crowds were banned from celebrating New Year due to soaring coronavirus cases and deaths, Times Square in New York remained eerily quiet.
Times Square in New York is deserted as US see in the New Year: As 3,740 deaths were recorded, being the biggest single day figure since the pandemic began, it was a very quiet ringing in of the New Year. Members of the public were urged to watch the iconic crystal ball drop on television and police closed roads to vehicles and onlookers. Although a few small groups still gathered outside the police perimeter wearing glittery hats and hoping to catch a glimpse of the crystal ball.
Singer Jenifer Lopez took to the stage in the mostly empty square to sing to front-line workers as a tribute to all their hard work. One reveller, Daniel Camacho, 36, of Manhattan, described the experience as “anticlimactic” given the small crowd and said he was just glad to see the back of 2020.
National Guardsmen, who have been involved in fighting the virus from the start were also barred from entering, with Billy Merola, a Marine from Long Island, saying “It just would have been great to ring in 2021 the New York way.” Cole Zieser, another partygoer, said “It makes me a little bit sad,” who was looking forward to the celebrations after recently moving to New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed that, despite the restrictions, New Year’s Eve “would be a joyous night, if ever there was one. Goodbye, 2020. Here comes something better: 2021.”
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