MIAMI (NewsNation Now) – New Year’s Eve is looking very different in most parts of the country this year.
Pedestrians are not allowed in Times Square in New York.
On the west coast of California, public health officials warned of stricter home stay instructions on New Years Eve. Los Angeles officials even threatened to turn off the water for facilities that violated the rules.
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In Florida, despite 17,192 new COVID-19 cases announced on New Year’s Eve, parties raged in cities like Miami Beach, which have limited restrictions.
“We’re not surprised that everything is open, but there’s no social distancing at all and people pack up. Nobody cares, ”said Philip Farenholtz, visitor to Miami Beach.
It was a much tamer situation in Chicago with a drive-in New Years celebration and live concert scheduled.
“You’re tidying everyone up, so you’ve got ten feet between the cars. The cars are spaced. Everyone is having fun. If you want to stay in your car, you can still listen and watch. The sound and light system is amazing, ”said DJ Julian Perez.
Rhode Island has curfew at 10 p.m. local time and a maximum of fifteen people for indoor events.
Even planners say that most of their customers have canceled.
“When the restrictions fell to fifteen, they hesitated to move forward. We lost over $ 5 million and laid off nearly 200 people last year, ”said Kate DeCosta, Newport Experience.
Miami was full of parties before New Years Eve
It’s a business hit in states that are closed but infectious disease doctors say it is necessary.
“We’ve been doing this for almost 9 to 10 months. And we must continue to be very vigilant. At the end of the tunnel there is light, ”said Dr. Henry Anyimadu, Infectious Disease Specialist.