Revelers can attend New Year's Eve ball drop in Times Square if they are vaccinated against COVID-19

Event-goers over the age of five will be required to show proof of vaccination, officials said.

Updated: November 16, 2021 - 5:00pm

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New York City's Times Square will host New Year's Eve celebrations this year, but revelers must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.

According to the Associated Press, de Blasio announced the requirement on Tuesday during a press conference. 

"Yes, we are proud to announce that Times Square, wonderful celebration in Times Square, the ball drop, everything, coming back full strength the way we love it,” de Blasio said at the news briefing. “Hundreds of thousands of people there to celebrate. We can finally get back together again. It’s going to be amazing.”

The President of the Time Square Alliance explained that all event-goers over the age of five will be required to show proof of vaccination. Those who can't get vaccinated due to a disability or health condition will need to show a negative COVID-19 test.

Last year, officials advised people to watch the festivities on television. 

Large crowds are expected for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade next week. 

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