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Sydney’s NYE fireworks set to go ahead despite COVID-19

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Sydney’s iconic New Years Eve fireworks display could go ahead this year with coronavirus numbers continuing to improve in NSW.

Sydney's iconic New Years Eve fireworks display could go ahead this year as daily coronavirus number continue to dwindle across New South Wales.

The event is expected to look a little bit different, but the NSW Government says it is willing to foot the bill to give people around the world a sign of hope after a rough 2020.

The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the "vast majority" of people will have to watch the Sydney fireworks from home.

"It won't be the same as every other year, most of us, the vast majority of us, will be watching from home," Ms Berejiklian told 2GB's Ben Fordham.

Ms Berejkilian said the government was currently working through logistics for the event and other New Year events in regional areas around the state.

It's understood the government plan would see the 9pm fireworks scrapped and a shorter midnight show.

Vantage points will be controlled and free but punters would need a ticket to attend.

"We're working through those issues but we are keen for the fireworks to go ahead in one form or another," Ms Berejiklian said.

"We have to be very careful … but we are keen to make sure there are some activities, some fireworks."

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Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres will meet with Lord Mayor Clover Moore today to try and get the City of Sydney onboard.

"We're working through those issues but we are keen for the fireworks to go ahead in one form or another," Ms Berejiklian said.

"We have to be very careful … but we are keen to make sure there are some activities, some fireworks."

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Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres will meet with Lord Mayor Clover Moore today to try and get the City of Sydney onboard.

Some ideas that have been floated include making it a ticketed event with reduced numbers at popular vantage points, offering free public transport to the event for people wearing protective masks as well as localised concerts at locations such as Cook Park, Phillip Park and Martin Place on the day.

People are seen at Mrs Macquarie's Point in preparation for New Years Eve Fireworks last year.

While the annual event usually gains a big international audience and brings in millions of dollars in tourism money, this year's priority will be to ensure everything remains coronavirus-safe.

With over a million people in the city, Ms Moore had previously suggested the risks were too great.

"I just think it will be too difficult," she said earlier this month.

"We could not handle another lockdown in the city of Sydney."

The event would look a little different with crowd control and limited ticket availability to prevent another virus outbreak for the state.

Ms Moore suggested an alternative could be a screening of a repeat of the best fireworks highlights from the past 16 years, and a dance performance at midnight.

Sydney NYE 2019. The midnight New Year's Eve fireworks on Sydney Harbour, viewed from Mrs Macquarie's Chair. 1st January 2020

But Mr Ayres and the government has said they are "very, very keen" to hold the fireworks.

Despite the likelihood of major changes to the event, Ms Berejkilian said she was determined to ensure celebrations went ahead regardless of the pandemic.

"2021 should be a year of hope and what better way to bring nit e new year with fireworks."

"I do want to give people a glimmer of hope that there will be something that evening."

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/sydney-new-years-eve-fireworks-meeting-held-to-give-major-event-go-ahead-despite-coronavirus-concerns/55ec6d9f-d2d7-4d3f-a061-52300cf87046

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