De Blasio appeared on NBC’s “Today” show to discuss the city’s famous New Year’s Eve celebration, which is scheduled to have an in-person component this year. Asked why he did not cancel the event entirely, de Blasio said that he did not believe in shutdowns and instead wanted to “show the world that New York City is fighting our way through this.”
“Look, I don’t believe in shutdowns. We have to fight our way through COVID,” de Blasio replied.
“Shutdowns are not the answer,” he repeated. “The answer is get people vaccinated. This event is vaccination-only. It’s gonna be outdoors, vaccination-only, masks required, socially distanced.”
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