Rockefeller Center's glittering Christmas tree is one of New York City's greatest winter attractions, but this year's coronavirus restrictions will put a damper on the holiday spirit as the public will require a ticket and will have just five minutes to view the tree.
Usually the Rockefeller Christmas Tree attracts massive crowds throughout the winter. This year the tree lighting ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, which usually draws in hundreds of excited spectators, will be closed to the public and will be live broadcast on television.
The new viewing guidelines released Monday reveal to view the tree from December 3 to January guests must have a ticket.
There will be virtual queuing to manage lines where guests can scan a QR code to see wait times and receive a text message to know when to return to the line.
All people must wear masks, maintain six feet of social distance and will be limited to just five minutes to take in the spectable.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The tree will be lit every day from 6am ET to midnight and on Christmas Day it will be lit for 24 hours.
Rockefeller Center's glittering Christmas tree is one of New York City's greatest winter attractions, but this year's coronavirus restrictions will put a damper on the holiday spirit as the public will require a ticket and guests will have just five minutes to view the tree. A view of the recently filled out Rockefeller Christmas Tree on Black Friday
The public already felt underwhelmed by this year's 75-foot-tall, 45-foot-wide Norway spruce from Oneonta, New York that was noticeably sparse. The tree triggered a slew of memes and jokes over its ragged and shabby appearance when it arrived to New York City on November 14. Since then it has been filled out with branch 'extensions'
All guests will be put in spaced out pods with no more than four people per pod.
Central Plaza, where the tree stands, will be closed to the public and 49th and 50th Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues will be closed to road traffic.
'This is not a spectator event as it is in the past. What we do not want and can't have is large crowds of people crowding in there,' Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday in a conference call with reporters.
'This is what we need to do to protect everyone. It's a different approach but it's an approach that will keep people safe,' he added.
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Last year's festivities: This year the plaza surrounding the Rockefeller Christmas tree will be closed, guests seeking to view the tree must have a ticket, wait in queues, will have to wear masks and practice social distancing and be limited to just five minutes to view the tree
2019: A view of the packed crowds that gathered for the tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller center last year above
The restrictions come as New York City reports more than 290,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 19,500 deaths.
Nationally more than 13.3million cases of the virus have been recorded and there have been more than 266,000 deaths.
'If you get a ticket, great, go see it. But I’m going to say it again, it’s just not like holidays we’ve gone through before,' De Blasio said.
The public already felt underwhelmed by this year's 75-foot-tall, 45-foot-wide Norway spruce from Oneonta, New York that was noticeably sparse.
The tree triggered a slew of