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Dermot Shea (NYC Police Commissioner)@2022 NYE Security Plan in Times Square

New York, NY (SMI-NYC-ENTERTAINMENT, 12.30.21)-The outgoing NYC Police commissioner Dermot Shea held Today, Thursday December 30, 2021, his final security briefing  press conference with members of the NYPD discussing the security restrictions for the upcoming New Years Eve celebration in Times Square and welcoming the new year 2022 with reduced live audience crowd in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.

NYC Major Bill de Blasio, who will end his 8-year term on December 31,  announced few days ago that the celebration for New Years eve at Times Square will scaled back with a reduced crowd from the usual 58,000 to 15, 000 limit due to the rise of infected people in New York due to the Covid-19- Omicron.


The use of public transportation is highly recommended and  Beginning at 4 a.m. on Friday, December 31st, Times Square will be closed to vehicular traffic.Guests won't be allowed to enter until 3 p.m and  will be directed by police officers to gather in separate viewing sections. When one section reaches capacity, people will be directed to the next viewing section. As the evening progresses, revelers will continue to populate Times Square along Broadway and Seventh Avenue moving uptown from 43rd Street to 57thStreet. They’ll need to bring proof of full vaccination with valid photo identification. Attendees will also be required to wear masks.

Umbrellas, backpacks, Lawn chairs, coolers and large bags prohibited  

Alcohol beverages prohibited  

Property may not be abandoned at checkpoints  

Attendees who leave before the ball drops will not be able to gain entry to their original viewing area 

Vaccination Policy for Times Square New Year’s Eve 

 The Times Square New Year’s Eve organizers will require proof of full vaccinations for all in-person revelers. Masks will also be made available at the entry checkpoints for those without.  

Attendees who are age 5 or over must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the event. Proof of vaccination must include a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) approved COVID-19 vaccine. These are Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Sinopharm or Sinovac.  

Article Written & Photo By Marcello Cutti Jr.



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