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Australia is getting ready to celebrate its first New Year’s Eve without limitations after two years of COVID disruptions. It’s expected that over a million partygoers would gather on Sydney’s harborfront to watch a magnificent fireworks display.
Sydney is one of the first major cities in the world to ring in the New Year, and its public countdown and fireworks show above the city’s famous Opera House attract enormous TV viewers from all around the globe.
Crowd control measures and less celebrations were implemented as a result of lockdowns at the end of 2020 and an increase in Omicron cases at the end of 2021. But this year, limits on festivities have been relaxed as Australia, like many other nations across the world, reopened its borders and reduced social distance restrictions.
According to Sydney’s Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, “Sydney is back this New Year’s Eve as we start off celebrations throughout the world and ring in the New Year with a bang.
The message reads, “2022 has been yet another year of enormous hardships as we tried to recover from the COVID-19 epidemic’s consequences, but tonight we put the year behind us and look with hope to 2023.”
There will be 7,000 fireworks set off from more locations on the Sydney Harbour Bridge than ever before, and 2,000 explosions will be fired from the Sydney Opera House’s four sails, lighting up Sydney Harbor in a rainbow of colour.
Fireworks will be released from four building rooftops for the first time in 12 years to frame the magnificent performance, according to the organisers.
Before the epidemic, more than a million people would attend the events in Sydney, and a billion others would watch them from other parts of the world.