Pandemic turns iconic Times Square ball drop into socially distanced event

A behind-the-scenes look at the preparations for the New Year’s Eve midnight ball drop in New York City’s Times Square, altered for the realities of the pandemic.
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It is one of the most exciting moments of the ear the countdown to midnight as we watch the Times Square ball drop on New Year's Eve. To ring in a new year have you ever looked for two New Year's much as you do right now. Tonight I am happy to inform all of you that 20/20 will not be taking the ball drop from us but. It will look a tad bit different. In a year that's been anything but normal this is a familiar sight those iconic Waterford crystal panels placed into the New Year's Eve ball high above Times Square during preparations like all be years before this one. But this isn't in ordinary here this is 2218. And while we're used. Hearing brave revelers braced themselves for that marathon to midnight the divers. Yeah. We know he had to stand for the salon attorney thoroughly and an exciting but it feels very cold feet and notably it cold wind had other plans for ringing in the new year. We're working very closely with the new York city police department to create a safe environment. For us to film the event and keep others away. Instead industries will be empty all in an effort to stem the spread of the corona virus but one tradition will remain the same. That 121000 pound ball of nearly 2700. LE dean lit crystal panels. Will descend upon a hushed Times Square to ushering in 20/20 one. The Times Square alliance host of times square's New Year's Eve celebrations holding a virtual event this year. Waterford crystal artisan in spokesperson Tom Brennan says the in person festivities in the square are reserved for only a special few. Frontline heroes and their families around 100 people in total. We are honoring basic needs you'll have 20/20 although spotlight worker thought those absolute superstars to assume what you're about to curable illness and loved ones. They'll be honored at special guests in swooned by Disco legend Gloria Gaynor who will perform her classic hits. A fitting anthem for those who have made it through this taxing year and helped so many Abbas make it through walls so. All right I'm. This year pose unique challenges to the balls production process because the team couldn't meet in person. It's very laborious it's basically behemoth or Chris across the world opinion about that I I don't hockey beautifully packaged in be taking care of an August samples. We did have to come together to dates look at the finished product that took place sometime around early to mid December. We ought to basically do this over the phone announcing clothes and webex that you David so it has been extremely challenging but you know the greater good always for. Sales but despite all the hurdles Tom says it was especially important for the show it is still no one in spite of the pandemic strain. The iconic. Waterford crystal Times Square ball you know stands as an injury tradition it's a sign of hope it's a sign happiness this kind of generosity. And that's what it's all about. Let the countdown to 20/20 one weekend.

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