Cities that cancel their big New Year’s Eve events around the world



(CNN) – For a while, it looked like we could play New Year’s Eve in major cities around the world with something like the big celebrations of yesteryear.

Another increase in Covid and the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus has broken those hopes, at least somewhere in the world.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday he expects the famous Times Square celebration to continue as planned and is talking to health officials and sponsors about whether more precautions should be added. of security.

Some major cities in Europe, where the spread of Omicron has been surprising, have already announced that they are canceling or reducing plans.

Other cities with iconic celebrations still plan to host their events but with safety precautions.

As of December 21st, this is what some of the cities in the world are doing with big New Year’s Eve events traditionally.

Canceled events

The following cities (or nations) have already announced that they are canceling their major holidays:


Germany will impose strict contact restrictions to curb the spread of Covid from December 28 and ban New Year’s Eve meetings, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Tuesday (December 21st).

This means that there are no large concentrations of fireworks in Berlin, the capital, or in other large meeting places such as Munich and Frankfurt.

A maximum of 10 people will be able to gather in groups from Dec. 28, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or recovered, Scholz said. Children 13 and under are exempt from the new contact restrictions.


Public New Year’s Eve celebrations in Scotland will be canceled, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday 21 December.

In a statement, Sturgeon explained details of the post-Christmas restrictions on major events to curb the spread of Omicron.

Sturgeon said the move “would also mean, unfortunately, that Hogmanay’s large-scale celebrations, including the one planned here in our capital, will not continue. I know how disappointing it will be for those looking forward to these events.”


“Due to the increase in Covid cases, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our NYE event in Trafalgar Square,” the tweet said from Khan’s verified account. “The safety of all Londoners must come first.”

A statement attached to the tweet says that the celebration was expected to welcome 6,500 people in Trafalgar Square.

Instead, a program will be broadcast at midnight on BBC One, Khan said.


The government of the territory of the Union of India of Delhi, which includes the national capital of New Delhi, has announced a ban on all social, cultural, political and festival meetings until further notice due to an increase in Covid-19 cases, CNN’s New Delhi office reports. .

According to the Delhi government, all officials “should make sure that no cultural events / meetings / congregations are held to celebrate Christmas or New Year” in the region.

Bars and restaurants can only operate at 50% capacity.

Paris is lit up for Christmas in places like Place Vendome, but it won’t be a big New Year’s Eve show.

Paris is lit up for Christmas in places like Place Vendome, but it won’t be a big New Year’s Eve show.

Ludovic Marin / AFP via Getty Images


Paris has canceled its traditional fireworks show on the Avenue des Champs Elysées to welcome the New Year due to the rising coronavirus.
“There will be no fireworks, and unfortunately there will be no DJ sets,” the mayor told AFP in a report on
French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Friday (December 17th) that major public holidays and fireworks would be banned on New Year’s Eve and recommended that even vaccinated people take a self-test before meeting. is set for New Year’s Eve, according to Reuters.


New Year’s Eve celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, the capital of Brazil’s party, have been canceled due to growing concern over the coronavirus, Mayor Eduardo Paes tweeted on Saturday, December 18th.

“We respect science. Because there are divergent opinions among science committees, we will always stick with the most restrictive ones,” Paes wrote.

“I make the decision with sadness, but we can’t organize the celebration without the guarantee of all the health authorities. Unfortunately, we can’t organize a party of this size, in which we have a lot of expenses and logistics involved, without the minimum time. in preparation, “the mayor said.


In Italy, Rome is among several cities that have decided to cancel the festivities due to Covid’s health problems.
The Campania region has also banned parties and alcohol consumption in public areas from December 23 to January 1. Venice has also canceled its outdoor concerts and New Year’s fireworks.

Events still scheduled

Sydney, Australia, plans to hold its spectacular fireworks show for New Year's Eve 2021.

Sydney, Australia, plans to hold its spectacular fireworks show for New Year’s Eve 2021.

PETER PARKS / AFP / Getty Images

Not all cities in the world have canceled their celebrations. Here are some of the cities traditionally known for their exceptional fireworks and major New Year’s Eve events that were still moving forward with their plans starting December 21st:


The Thai capital will hold its celebrations, but with some safety warnings. According to the Bangkok Post, only outdoor venues are allowed. Attendees must be fully vaccinated, tested within 72 hours, and register to attend.



Burj Khalifa pyrotechnics, the tallest building in the world, are still planned, according to The emirate asks visitors who wish to attend the celebration to register using the U by Emaar app to receive individual QR codes that allow access.


According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the U.S. gambling magnet still plans to throw fireworks from the top of eight hotels-casinos on the Strip for eight minutes. There will also be a fireworks show in downtown Las Vegas.


Australia’s largest city is ahead with plans, but you’ll need tickets to attend this year, according to Sydney City’s New Year’s Eve website. Complete vaccinations are not required, but they are highly recommended.


The largest city on the island of Taiwan is scheduled to hold its annual countdown and fireworks show at the tall Taipei 101 skyscraper, according to the Taipei Times and other local media.
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