HAMPTON ROADS — As New Year’s Eve approaches, many might have the urge to go out and be around people while ringing in 2022.
However, health experts warn that Americans should avoid big parties this year as the Omicron variant surges across the U.S.
On Monday, Dec. 27, U.S. Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that Americans should “stay away” from large gatherings this New Year’s Eve.
“When you’re talking about a New Year’s Eve party, where you have 30, 40, 50 people celebrating, you do not know the status of the vaccination, I would recommend strongly stay away from that this year,” Fauci said. “There will be other years to do that, but not this year.”
Fauci also urged people to celebrate with small circles of friends and family members who are vaccinated.
While the Omicron variant may be disrupting holiday plans this year, there are still ways to celebrate the new year with others.
To reduce the spread of COVID-19 this New Year’s, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests getting the COVID-19 and flu vaccines, keeping to small gatherings, wearing masks indoors if not fully vaccinated, and washing hands.
If traveling for New Year’s Eve, visit the CDC’s Travel page for safety recommendations.