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New Year’s Eve in Times Square will incorporate virtual elements

NEW YORK – Organizers said Wednesday that New Year’s Eve in Times Square will incorporate virtual elements, gearing up for a celebration that will be scaled down and socially distanced in response to COVID-19.

The details are still sparse, but through a news release the Times Square Alliance, Jamestown Properties, and Countdown Entertainment have said that the annual event will have an extremely limited group of in-person honorees.

The virtual experience will be created to allow people to take part in the countdown to 2021 from anywhere, according to organizers.

“More than ever in these divided and fear-filled times, the world desperately needs to come together symbolically and virtually to celebrate the people and things we love and to look forward with a sense of renewal and new beginnings,” said Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance.

The event will honor essential workers and others who have made a difference in 2020, they said.

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