NYC to have 'alternate' celebrations for events including NYE, Halloween

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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday announced he would extend limitations on event permits through December 31, 2020.

The Executive Order limits the types of outdoor events permitted by the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Police Department, and the Street Activity Permit Office in order to minimize crowding, facilitate COVID testing and treatment sites, and to allow for use of streets and parks for recreation, learning, and dining.

There are currently over 475 outdoor learning sites in city parks and streets, in addition to 10,200 Open Restaurants and 79 miles of Open Streets.

"Beating back COVID-19 means staying smart about public events with large gatherings. It also means drawing on our city’s greatest resource: our resilience and creativity," said de Blasio.

"New Yorkers are rising to the occasion with inventive, inspirational uses of public space, and we’ll support every effort to safely keep New York City the greatest and most vibrant city in the world," he added.

The city will plan safe, creative arrangements for community celebrations, performances to continue in the city, including alternate celebrations for signature events such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New Year's Eve celebrations, and a spooky walk through the West Village for Halloween, as well as a ceremonial motorcycle procession for Veteran's Day.

"The City will work with every applicant to produce memorable events that keep New Yorkers safe, said Ellyn Canfield, Executive Director, Mayor's Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management."