Is there anywhere in the world that does not enjoy
celebrating New Year Eve, in whatever way they deem fit? Whether that means
staying at home with drinks and snacks or going out to a party or organised
Well, the staying home option may no longer be an option – it may be mandatory, thanks to lockdowns, curfews and other restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has said that the recent curfew, which came into effect on the 25th of October, will be in place between 11 pm and 6 am. Not only can local authorities ban inter-regional travel under new measures, but the current 15 day curfew period may be extended for 6 months.
As of writing, the only celebration cancellations have been in Alicante – the Three Kings Parade and the New Year Eve party have both been cancelled. Of course, however, if the national curfew is extended to 6 months then New Year Eve parties are automatically cancelled right across Spain.
It is probably wise then to start planning a private celebration at home with those that live with you. You can still have a great time, without breaking curfew and risking infection.
As expected, it isn’t just Spain that has made announcements such as this. Major cities across the world have said that New Year Eve celebrations were cancelled – at least outdoor, organised celebrations where there would have been mass gatherings.
Hopefully, there will be no pandemic at all shortly after 2021 starts, but this all largely depends on what we do now.
What cities have said ‘not this time’? Well, Valencia has but who else? Two of the larger celebrations are held in London and New York.
The huge fireworks display that is traditionally held on the banks of the river Thames attracts tens of thousands of people as they ring in the new year. Last year, for instance, saw the banks lined with over 100,000 people.
In a move similar to that of London, the President of the Times Square Alliance, Tim Hopkins, has said in a press release that an event of some kind will provide “significantly new and enhanced virtual, visual and digital offerings”. What these offerings will be are still in development.
Whatever you do this new year, whatever form your celebrations take, do take care and stay safe.