NEW YORK (AP) – If ever the end of the year appears as a reason to celebrate, it could be 2020

However, the coronavirus scourge that ruled the year is looming over the New Year celebrations as well, forcing officials around the world to tone it down

From New York’s Times Square to Sydney Harbor, large public blowouts are being turned into pure TV shows and digital events Fireworks from the Las Vegas Strip to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris have been canceled Even private parties are restricted in some locations

The occasion arouses mixed feelings for people like Cesar Soltero, who took photos in Times Square this week and took stock

“I’m going to celebrate that I’m alive, but I’m not exactly happy for this year,” said Soltero, 36, an engineer from Orlando, Florida after giving up his usual vacation trip to family in Mexico. p>

Simona Faidiga and Alessandro Nunziata strolled through Times Square with their Labrador Retriever puppy, Maggie, who took Faidiga with her after she lost her job as a tour guide

The Italian couple moved to Miami in March to get new jobs, just as the pandemic freeze tourism.He works as a sales representative but she’s not back at work yet And they are unwilling to declare that 2021 is better will be, and don’t want to bewitch it

Days before the ball was dropped in Times Square, it was clearly not the usual New Year’s at the crossroads of the world. There was room to roam on sidewalks that were usually almost impassable

The vendors’ carts and window displays in the region’s highly competitive gift shops displayed few 2021-themed souvenirs as workers set the stage for a celebration that will unfold this year without the usual crowd of cheering, kissing revelers from the police will block the area so that viewers cannot look at it

“It’s almost like a ‘Seinfeld’ episode,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, referring to the ’90s show about nothing, “This is a throwing ball over nothing you can’t see, so you can, too stay at home””

The event’s special guests are first responders and key contributors.But they won’t join the mayor on stage to lead the countdown.Instead, each guest will be watching from a private, well-spaced area

The performances of the evening – including the singing of the disco diva Gloria Gaynor with the anthem “I Will Survive” suitable for 2020 – are aimed at the television audience

New Year’s Eve will look different around the world after a year the virus has killed an estimated 1 people, including more than 330 million people000 in the US.

Germany has banned the sale of fireworks that residents normally use to take to the streets, and a pyrotechnics show is on at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate

Likewise, the fireworks over the Thames in closed London, where New Year’s Eve also marks the final economic separation of Great Britain from the European Union.Big Ben, which has been largely silent since 2017 while its clock tower is being restored, will, however, sound 12 bongs at midnight

The Netherlands have moved the national countdown from an Amsterdam park to a football stadium where spectators are not allowed and pyrotechnics are being replaced by “electric fireworks” ”

There are still fireworks in Rome, but the usual concerts in public places have been canceled in favor of livestream performances and art installations Pope Francis will skip his typical December 31 visit to the Vatican’s life-size crib in St St. Peter’s Square and plans to deliver his New Year’s blessings indoors to keep the crowds from gathering

Rio de Janeiro has the fireworks, open-air concerts and rooftop parties that draw a crowd of white-clad revelers to the Copacabana neighborhood, which is only open to local residents

New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest days of the year at Paulo Roberto Senna’s beachfront in Copacabana, but the 57-year-old said he was okay with the shutdown: “No money can buy our health!”

“They tell us to stay home, but for those who have no money, where do we get the means to live?” asked Henrique, 39

In Russia, New Year’s Eve was celebrated more often than Christmas, which began on Jan. Taking place on January 7th by the country’s Orthodox Christian majority, public events have been banned or restricted in many regions.But the country’s so-called New Year’s Eve capital, the city of Kaluga, attracts tourists with a week of festivities, despite residents asking to cancel officials in Kaluga , 150 kilometers southwest of Moscow, said precautions are being taken against viruses

Poland has advised residents not to circulate between 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 6 am on Jan 1 Turkey declared a four-day lockdown starting on New Year’s Eve, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that security forces would investigate hotels for illegal parties

In the US.The bombing of the tourist district in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, on Christmas morning caused the city to cancel its plan to set off fireworks and blow up a 2020 sign

“To say it was deaf would be an understatement,” said Bruce Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa proposed a new way of observing the holiday by lighting candles to honor COVID-19 victims and frontline workers, and hope for a healthy 2021

Back in New York, 39-year-old yoga and stress-coping teacher Allison Richard wrote down some New Year’s wishes for confetti that are dropped in Times Square at midnight

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