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New Year’s Eve celebrations on Jan. 1, 2021, in New York City. Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

New York City will allow people who are fully vaccinated to celebrate New Year's Eve in Times Square this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.

Why it matters: Last year's event did not have a public audience due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Details: Revelers must show proof of vaccination and a valid photo ID, officials said.

  • Those who cannot get vaccinated due to a disability need to show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event, Times Square Alliance President Tom Harris said at a news conference. They must also wear a mask if they can.
  • Children who are under 5 will have to be with someone who has proof of vaccination, Harris added.

What they're saying: “We want to welcome all those hundreds of thousands of folks, but everyone needs to be vaccinated,” De Blasio said.

  • “Join the crowd, join the joy, join a historic moment as New York City provides further evidence to the world that we are 100% back," he added.

Between the lines: New Year's Eve is De Blasio's last day in office. "That will leave any fallout from the event in the hands of Mr. [Eric] Adams, who will be inaugurated on Jan. 1, 2022," the New York Times writes.

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Omicron variant detected in Minnesota

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The new Omicron variant has been detected in a vaccinated Minnesota resident with recent travel history to New York City, the Minnesota Department of Health said in a statement Thursday.

Driving the news: The confirmed case involved a patient who developed mild symptoms on Nov. 22 and got a COVID-19 test on Nov. 24, per MDH. He is no longer experiencing symptoms.

Updated Dec 3, 2021 - Health

Omicron cases confirmed in 5 U.S. states

A healthcare worker inserts a Covid-19 rapid test into a machine in Denver, Colorado. Photo: Daniel Brenner/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Hawaii became on Thursday the fifth state to confirm the newly discovered Omicron variant after New York announced five new cases earlier in the day.

The latest: In Hawaii, the variant was found in an unvaccinated O'ahu resident with moderate symptoms who had previously been infected with COVID-19, per a state health department statement. The variant has also been confirmed in California, Colorado and Minnesota.

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Prosecutors charge parents of Michigan school shooting suspect

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The parents of a 15-year-old accused of killing four students and wounding seven other people at a Michigan high school have been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, according to court documents.

The latest: Lawyers for James and Jennifer Crumbley told the Detroit News they are "returning to the area to be arraigned," after law enforcement officials announced a search for the Crumbleys had been initiated.