Tickets will be required to see Rockefeller Christmas tree this year: de Blasio

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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that there will be a "ticketing plan" to control crowds coming to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

“We've been working with the state on the right way to approach this and we have agreed on a ticketing plan,” de Blasio said at a briefing. “The idea is we're going to really limit the number of people by using a ticketing approach.”

The mayor said details about the plan will be announced in the next couple of days.

Members of the NYPD and other agencies will be patrolling the area and the city will work as it has in previous years to make sure there’s ample space, including closing off some lanes of traffic, de Blasio said.

“But, again, remember, we want to make really clear to people not to come out in large numbers and to be really smart about distancing,” he said. “So, we're going to adjust those plans to achieve that goal.”

De Blasio said he expected people to honor officials’ warnings that crowds are not safe during the pandemic, as they did during the scaled-back Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade last week.

“If you get a ticket, great, go see it,” de Blasio said of the tree. “But I'm going to say it again, it's just not like holidays we've gone through before. Let's get through 2020, let's turn the page. In 2021, we can all get back there to celebrate the tree the right way. But this year is ‘less is more.’”

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