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New Year's Eve Celebration Still On In Times Square; Officials Closely Monitoring COVID Numbers

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- The New Year's Eve party in Times Square is moving forward as planned, for now.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says city health officials are closely monitoring the COVID situation ahead of the holidays.

"We're going to make that decision based on the data and the science," he told reporters Thursday. "We're going to keep looking at it as it gets closer."


De Blasio said the fact the event is outdoors and guests must be fully vaccinated is "a game changer."

"If at any point we need to alter the plan, we will," he added.

Last year's ball-drop was open to invited essential workers and special guests only.


The mayor and health commissioner held a briefing Thursday, where they outlined their approach to tackling the rising case numbers.

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