Canberra, Australia (AP)-Among other things, people celebrate New Year’s Eve, pandemic restrictions limit the crowd, and many people say goodbye to a year they wish to forget.
As it is close to the international date line, Australia will become one of the earliest countries that will ring in 2021. This has been a tough year for New South Wales and Victoria (the two most populous states in the country), and they are working hard to contain the new COVID-19 outbreak.
In the past few years, 1 million people have crowded the Sydney Harbour to watch fireworks centered on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but as the authorities urge residents to stay at home, most people will watch it on TV.
The location of the port was fenced off, popular parks were closed, and the famous nightlife was empty. The firework show at 9pm was cancelled, but there will be a 7-minute firework show at midnight.
Only one of the five guests who reserved a restaurant or an inner city resident was allowed to enter Sydney city centre. People are not allowed to enter the city center without permission.
Sydney’s “Daily Telegraph” reported on Wednesday that some seaside restaurants charge up to 1
Sydney is the most populous city in Australia, and it has spread the coronavirus most actively there in recent weeks.
Melbourne, Australia’s second most populous city, cancelled fireworks this year. Mayor Sally Capp said: “For the first time in years, we have made a major decision. This is a difficult decision to cancel the fireworks.”
“We did this because we knew it attracted as many as 450,000 people into the city at midnight to enjoy spectacular performances and music. We won’t do this this year.”
In sharp contrast, the West Coast city of Perth, which has had no community spreading the virus since April, is preparing for the new year. Under almost normal circumstances, large crowds are expected to watch two fireworks displays.
New Zealand is two hours earlier than Sydney, and several of its neighbors in the South Pacific islands have no COVID-19 cases. The New Year celebrations are the same as ever.
In Chinese society, the Lunar New Year celebrations in February 2021 are usually prioritized over the Solar New Year on January 1. Although Western festival celebrations have become more common in recent decades, this year will become even more speechless. .
Beijing only held a countdown ceremony for a few invited guests, and other scheduled events have been cancelled. The sudden drop in temperature at night to -15 degrees Celsius (-5 degrees Fahrenheit) may prevent people from spending the night with friends.
Taiwan will hold the usual New Year celebrations, with a firework display in the capital’s iconic Taipei 101, and a flag-raising ceremony in front of the Presidential Office building on New Year’s morning. After it was discovered that a passenger who had just arrived in Taiwan was infected with the new coronavirus, the flag raising will be limited to government officials and invited guests.
The island is a success story in the pandemic, with only 7 deaths and 700 confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded.
Hong Kong, which has a history of British colonialism and a large foreign population, usually has celebrations on the waterfront and bar areas. However, this is the second year in a row that New Year’s Eve fireworks have been cancelled, this time due to the coronavirus rather than public safety considerations.
Hong Kong’s social evacuation regulations limit gatherings to two people. The restaurant must be closed before 6 pm. Live performances and dancing are not allowed. But there are still many people gathered in the shopping center.
After Tokyo reported a record high of approximately 1,300 coronavirus cases recorded daily, most areas of Japan are welcoming 2021 quietly. This is the first time that daily cases in the capital have exceeded 1,000.
The Tokyo government, Yuriko Koike, asked people to skip the countdown ceremony and was concerned about the number of shoppers.
She told reporters: “The coronavirus does not know the end of the year or the New Year holidays.”
Many people usually do not have the opportunity to return to their ancestors’ homes during the holidays, hoping to reduce the health risks of the extended family.
Business in rural restaurants has declined, and traditional New Year’s “good luck” foods called “osechi” are delivered to your door.
The Naruto Emperor is delivering a video message of the New Year, instead of waving with members of the royal family from the balcony in the cheering crowd outside the palace.
Train services that usually carry people overnight and some countdown ceremonies have been cancelled.
The Meiji Jingu Shrine in central Tokyo usually attracts millions of people during the New Year holidays. It is usually open overnight on New Year’s Eve and closes at 4pm this year.
In South Korea, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has cancelled the New Year’s Eve Bell Ringing Conference near Jongno for the first time since the event was held in 1953 a few months after the end of the Korean War.
When the ceremony strikes at midnight, people ring the big bell in the traditional pavilion, usually about 100,000 people attend the live broadcast.
Authorities in the eastern coastal region have closed beaches and other attractions, usually gathering hundreds of thousands of people on New Year’s Day to watch the sunrise. The city of Pohang in the southeast plans to broadcast the sunrise and sunrise live on several beaches on its YouTube channel.
South Korea’s central government banned private social gatherings of more than five people nationwide from Christmas Eve to January 3, and closed ski resorts and major tourist attractions across the country to help control the recent virus outbreak.
Millions of Indians plan to pass curfews, ban beach parties, and after the introduction of new variants of the major infectious coronavirus into the country, activities in major cities and towns will be restricted and fewer celebrations will be held at home. embrace the new year.
In New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, hotels and bars were ordered to close at 11pm. These three cities have been hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.
Drones have been monitoring the activities of people in Mumbai, the financial and entertainment capital of India. The police said that large gatherings are prohibited, but there are no restrictions on visiting friends, relatives and public places in groups of no more than four people. They said they must wear masks and stay away from society.
Many revellers flock to Goa, which was once a Portuguese colony and a popular backpacking destination with numerous beach resorts. The authorities decided not to impose the coronavirus infection on the curfew, because there is a large degree of control there.
In Sri Lanka, due to the resurgence of COVID-19, public gatherings are banned, and health and law enforcement agencies urge people to limit celebrations to shut down family members. Health officials have warned of legal action against hotels and restaurants where parties are held.
In response to another outbreak, officials also closed schools and restricted public transportation.