The mayor of the city decided “along with the requirement to provide a certificate of vaccination and a valid identity card, visitors will be required to have a protective mask.”

The New Year’s Eve meeting on the main square of New York Times Square will be held under increased sanitary restrictions against the background of the spread of the Omicron strain of coronavirus. The corresponding statement was published on the website of the mayor of the largest American metropolis, Bill de Blasio.

Earlier it was reported that the only requirement for those wishing to attend the ceremony was the presentation of a certificate of vaccination against coronavirus. However, on Thursday, the mayor of the city decided to reduce the scale of the celebrations and introduce additional restrictive measures.

“Along with the requirement to provide a certificate of vaccination and a valid identity card, visitors will be required to have a protective mask. A smaller number of people will be allowed to each observation deck in order to ensure compliance with the social distance,” the mayor’s decree says. As noted in the document, the city authorities will continue consultations with experts in the field of healthcare and do not exclude that in the coming days restrictive measures will be further tightened.

In recent days, anti-records have been set daily in the state of New York for the number of people infected with coronavirus. Among the sick there are people who have had two or even three coronavirus vaccinations. Against this background, de Blasio calls for compliance with sanitary safety measures, to get a booster vaccination, but promises to take all possible measures not to introduce a new lockdown.