Low-Key Celebrations Mark End of 2020

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries have issued strict regulations on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to prevent large-scale celebrations and crowd gatherings.
  • In many other places in the world, including Amsterdam and London, parties and fireworks shows have also been canceled.
  • In Auckland and other cities in New Zealand, crowds gathered to enjoy the midnight fireworks.

On New Year’s Day, almost all parts of the world are quieter than in previous years, without large-scale celebrations or amazing fireworks. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the atmosphere is very different from previous years. People will usher in 2021 with the desire to end the new coronavirus pandemic.

New Year’s Eve on the Champs Elysees in Paris.

At midnight, people in Germany ushered in the new year. In Berlin, Germany’s largest New Year’s Eve party was canceled. The Brandenburg Square, where hundreds of thousands of people usually gather, is empty.

Although there are many musicians participating in the live TV New Year’s Eve show, there are no audiences on the scene. At midnight, fireworks rose above the Brandenburg Gate and a light show was launched.

Despite this, the Berlin authorities still deployed a large number of police forces to prevent accidents. However, the police found only a few violations of the new coronavirus restrictions. A police spokesman said that the situation was generally “very calm,” with only sporadic violations in the restricted area for the fireworks display.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries have issued strict regulations on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to prevent large-scale celebrations and crowd gatherings.

In Paris, there is also a curfew on New Year’s Eve. However, there is an online concert by Jean-Michel Jarre, dressed as an avatar in front of the virtual background of Notre Dame de Paris. There is also an electronic DJ master David Kuta in front of the Louvre.

Italy, which continues to implement the curfew, has held small-scale events to bid farewell to the year of the new coronavirus. Concerts are mainly held on TV and the Internet. The capital, Rome, temporarily issued an administrative order banning fireworks until January 6.

Many cities in Greece deliberately set off a large number of fireworks, in order to make some compensation for people’s stay at home.

Although most people still wear masks, Wuhan has returned to normal.

In many other places in the world, including Amsterdam and London, parties and fireworks shows have also been canceled.

In New York, there were only a few people on the scene of Times Square, not the thousands of people in previous years, to see the big crystal ball drop.

In Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, large-scale New Year’s Eve light shows were canceled.

Russia is also entering the New Year against the backdrop of a large number of new coronavirus deaths. In the capital, Moscow, a traditional firework show was held near the Kremlin. However, the authorities require residents to spend New Year’s Day only with their families.

A few hours before the Europeans, many countries have ushered in New Year’s Day. New Zealand is one of the first countries to usher in the New Year. As there have been no new cases of infection due to strict entry bans for several weeks, the country has been able to welcome the new year in a relaxed atmosphere, almost as in previous years. In Auckland and other cities, crowds gathered to enjoy the midnight fireworks.

In Sydney Harbor and the Opera House, this year’s fireworks show did not let the audience to the scene. According to the regulations of the authorities, those who forcibly entered the scene fined a maximum equivalent of €620. Someone has observed that Sydney is like a ghost city, the world-famous fireworks show lasted only seven minutes instead of twelve minutes, like last year.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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