COVID concerns force cancellation of Patchogue’s New Years Eve ball drop

The midnight rally on Main Street that was scheduled for Friday New Years Eve in Patchogue has been called off, organizers said on Tuesday.

“Obviously, this move is due to the continued increase in COVID and the Omicron variant,” said David Kennedy, executive director of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, organizers of the event.

“Specifically, we recognize that in order to host an event of this size under the current circumstances, we will need to ensure that all attendees were masked and vaccinated, which our chamber would struggle to do. Additionally, many local agencies that we depend on to help us have communicated that they have severe staffing shortages due to COVID that would leave our event without the staff we would need to keep the event safe. “

This LED-lit Christmas ball will therefore remain in storage for another year.

“We apologize to anyone who is disappointed with our decision,” Kennedy added. “I can attest that the Village of Patchogue, Suffolk Police, Patchogue Fire Department, Patchogue Ambulance Company, Village Public Safety, Village Public Works Department and Blue Point Brewery have all done their best. their best to try to make this happen. The Chamber is sincerely grateful for their help despite the obstacles… ”

He also promised that the event would return to Main Street next year.

Midnight on Main Street 2017 stock photo

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