New York Metropolis Mayor says Macy’s Thanksgiving parade will go on with out crowd
“It will likely be a special sort of occasion. They’re reinventing the occasion for this second in historical past, and you can really feel the spirit and the enjoyment of that day on tv, on-line. Not a dwell parade however one thing that may actually give us that heat and that nice feeling we’ve got on Thanksgiving Day,” de Blasio mentioned throughout his every day press briefing.
The variety of members on this yr’s parade, which usually attracts crowds of almost 3.5 million folks and eight,000 volunteers in New York Metropolis, might be diminished by about 75%, Macy’s introduced in a press launch. The parade will not use its standard 2.5-mile parade route and can as a substitute shift to a televised broadcast solely with manufacturing staged in a single space of New York Metropolis.
As an alternative of handlers strolling the large balloons down the parade’s standard route, an “modern, specifically rigged” framework of autos will fly the balloons, the corporate mentioned. All the parade’s members, who should be over 18 years outdated, have to stick to social distancing tips and face coverings might be required, Macy’s mentioned.
Beforehand chosen highschool and school marching band performances might be rescheduled for Macy’s parade in 2021, the corporate mentioned.
“The security of members and spectators is Macy’s primary precedence and this yr’s 94th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade celebration might be produced solely as a tv occasion permitting tens of millions of New Yorkers and the nation to soundly expertise it from the comforts of house,” the corporate mentioned in a press release.
The vacation parade started in 1924. In 1953, NBC started televising the occasion.
“On this case, it is actually essential to maintain these traditions persevering with. To ensure that historical past is unbroken,” de Blasio mentioned.
Macy’s, which modified its Fourth of July fireworks present this yr to guard New Yorkers from the coronavirus, had beforehand mentioned it plans to do the identical for this yr’s Thanksgiving celebration.
“Following our profitable, protected and modern manufacturing of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, it’s our intention to equally reimagine Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this November,” the corporate’s web site says. To stop crowding, Macy’s launched its Fourth of July fireworks throughout unannounced occasions throughout town.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not too long ago cleared extra companies within the Large Apple, together with gyms, malls and museums, to reopen with well being precautions and diminished capability to guard in opposition to the coronavirus’ unfold. New York, as soon as thought-about the epicenter of the nation’s outbreak, has reported an an infection fee under 1% for 38 consecutive days — properly under the World Heath Group’s 5% advice for reopening.
Starting Sept. 30, New York Metropolis eating places which were staying afloat by means of takeout and outside eating providers over the summer time might be allowed to serve prospects inside at 25% capability. Though the companies might be topic to a lot of laws, it is the primary time since mid-March they will be allowed to ask prospects to dine inside whilst circumstances declined over the summer time.
Throughout Monday’s press briefing, de Blasio mentioned New York Metropolis has fought again the worst of the illness and reopened its financial system with out having “to take a step again,” in contrast to different components of the nation. Within the coming weeks, town will unveil its “subsequent large steps” in its highway map for reopening, he mentioned.
“Now we will dream larger, we will go farther,” de Blasio mentioned.
The mayor mentioned the “subsequent essential second” within the metropolis’s reopening plan contains welcoming its college students again to the classroom this fall. New York Metropolis public colleges, the biggest faculty district within the nation, beforehand postponed the autumn semester for its greater than 1.1 million college students till Sept. 21 after native labor unions requested for higher Covid-19 safety measures.
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