The city of Toronto says it’s turning New Year’s Eve on its way into 2022 into a virtual celebration via a livestream for the second year in a row due to COVID-19.
The city said there will be pre-recorded performances from Toronto’s venues and elsewhere, promising “impressive fireworks” along Toronto’s waterfront after the show.
“At midnight, high-altitude fireworks will be launched simultaneously over Toronto’s waterfront as part of the livestream broadcast,” officials said.
“Fireworks will be visible from anywhere overlooking Lake Ontario.”
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Officials are asking people to enjoy the festivities safely from home.
They also added that there are no fireworks happening on Nathan Phillips Square or CN Tower.
The New Year’s Eve celebration will be streamed online on the City of Toronto’s YouTube page from 6 p.m. 22.30 on 31 January.
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Meanwhile, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said Wednesday that New Year’s Eve outdoor parties will continue in the city, as the public health advice he has received maintains that events outside are considered low-risk.
Brown added that more public health measures will be in place, such as social distancing, mandatory masking, vaccination and enrollment.
In Mississauga, the event at Celebration Square was canceled, including fireworks.
Mississauga city staff said the skating rink at Celebration Square will be open until 6 p.m. 23:00 with food trucks on site. The city encourages everyone in the square after 11pm to go home and watch a virtual countdown to ring in the new year safely.
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