The New York Daily News reports:
The coronavirus pandemic — in its final, cruel act of 2020 — has grounded public New Year’s Eve bashes around the globe, including the iconic ball drop at Times Square which will be closed to revelers this year.
The crystal orb that normally draws millions of visitors will still make its famous descent down the flagpole — but don’t bother trying to sneak a peek in person, says the NYPD.
“Next year we will all gather and fill Times Square,” Chief of Department Terence Monahan said in a press conference police headquarters Wednesday. “This year don’t even attempt to come and watch it.”
Anyone seen gathering near Times Square “will be told to move along,” the NYPD warns.
“Don’t even attempt to come and watch it.”
NYC’s Times Square ball drop will be closed to the public on New Year’s Evehttps://t.co/wfivoi2iqL
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 30, 2020