Preparations underway downtown for New Years Eve at First Night Raleigh

RALEIGH, North Carolina (WTVD) – Thousands of people are expected to embark on Fayetteville Street Friday night for Raleigh’s First Night celebrations for New Years Eve. This year you will have to follow strict COVID-19 protocols.

“To have a First Night Raleigh pass, you will need to be able to show proof of a negative test from the past 48 hours or proof of vaccination,” said First Night organizer Cameron Laws.

The pass is your ticket to all they have to offer during the Friday festivities.

“You can go to the Ferris wheel, our 6,000 square foot ice rink. We have an amazing light projection of Emerson on PNC Plaza,” Laws said.

You will also need the ticket to enter City Plaza where you will find the Acorn Stage and Fall.

The laws said they wanted everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time.

“As we have a lot of different protocols in place to make it a safe area like never before and I would just suggest keeping (open) as that’s where our lineup is posted and all of these other regulations,” he said. declared Laws

For some, the New Years holidays are their biggest celebration of the year and even with the protocols in place, Raleigh resident Margarita Toler is seated.

“It would have been fun, but it looks dangerous right now because a lot of our friends are sick with COVID,” Toler said.

Toler was walking his dog early Friday to avoid the crowds. She wants to do what’s best for her and her friends.

“If you were doing everything you do to protect yourself by then, yes you can have fun, life goes on and you can’t just put it all on hold with COVID, but we have health risks that we let’s try to avoid it, ”Toler said.

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