The City of Sydney council has made the decision to ditch the 9pm family fireworks and continue with only the famous midnight display.
“The difficult decision had to be made to follow the State Government’s 2020 event for a limited, Covid-safe New Year’s Eve,” a statement from the City of Sydney council read.
“The fireworks always generate very large crowds and the two separate displays result in the cross over of large numbers of people leaving for one show and arriving for the next.”
The City of Sydney council has cancelled the 9pm family fireworks for a second year citing COVID-19 concerns. Picture: Getty Images
Premier Gladys Berejikilian said the state government realised the fireworks would still remain a sign of hope for residents in the new year.
“I would suspect that no matter what happens, what situation we are in the fireworks are always a sign of hope for the new year and the NSW government is considering our options,” she said on Wednesday.
The decision comes as the council voiced their concerns about the large crowds moving in and out of the city as well as gathering on the night.
“The 9pm fireworks traditionally attracts families with younger children, most of whom will still be unvaccinated by New Year’s Eve,” the council wrote.
The celebrations will look slightly different this year as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Getty Images
“In the current climate, limiting this mixing of crowds will ensure the event can be managed in the most Covid-safe way for all attendees and staff.”
The decision has been questioned as the state will likely have reached a 90 per cent vaccination rate by the end of the year but the council said the Delta variant meant the cancellation was necessary.
“We are advised that it is likely the delta virus will still be circulating in the community to some extent come the end of the year, so our plans will allow the event to remain resilient in the face of the changing health situation and Public Health Orders,” City of Sydney wrote.
The Sydney fireworks would usually attract one million people to the shores of Sydney Harbour to watch the fireworks but COVID-19 forced limited crowds and celebrations last year.

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