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(NEW YORK) – New Year’s celebrations for 2021 have been drastically reduced due to COVID, with hopes of larger celebrations to mark 2022. But with the increase in the number of cases, this year’s festivities are- are they sure?

It depends on your plans, according to Dr Anthony Fauci.

“What I would suggest people not to do is go to really big parties of 50 to 60 people where people are whistling and all that stuff and partying and you don’t know the vaccine status. people in this environment. It would be a risky situation that I would advise against, ”he said in an interview with ABC News Live.

With the increase in COVID cases, many cities are following Fauci’s advice.

New York City’s celebration will be bigger than last year, but still hugely small. Only 15,000 masked and fully vaccinated participants will be allowed to watch the ball drop in Times Square – a quarter of the number normally present.

Other cities have gone even further. Atlanta has canceled its annual Peach Drop, Annapolis has canceled the in-person portion of its celebration, and the Seattle New Years fireworks display is only available online or on TV.

Paris, London, Berlin and many other cities have also canceled large-scale in-person events.

Sydney Australia, known for being the first place to ring for the New Year, will host a celebration only accessible to a limited number of vaccinated guests.

So how can you celebrate?

“If you are vaccinated and boosted and want a family reunion in your home with other vaccinated and boosted people, although the risk is not zero, the risk is very low,” Fauci said.

It might not be the party some were expecting, but according to World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, changing your plans could save a life.

“A canceled event is better than a canceled life,” Ghebreyesus said. “Better to cancel now and celebrate later than to celebrate now and cry later. “

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