De Blasio 'hopeful' NYC's New Year's Eve celebration will still happen despite Omicron

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) says he's hopeful this year's New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square will go forward despite concerns over the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

De Blasio spoke with CNN's New Day on Wednesday as New York has been setting new records for the number of new COVID-19 cases. He said the city is currently working with health-care leaders in planning the event, which would take place outdoors with vaccines required. "We're looking to add additional measures to make it even safer, so we're still in discussions," de Blasio said. "If we're able to figure out the right formula to keep people safe, that's what we're working on right now."

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