Millions of Americans will gather with their families next week to celebrate the start of the holiday season, Thanksgiving. Public health officials worry they could see a spike in cases of coronavirus.
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have already seen new cases increase to more than 80 thousand a day. On Wednesday, Director Rochelle Walensky urged people to get vaccinated.
Walensky is still concerned about large gatherings. But New Yorkers have managed to bring down cases there. They are preparing to honor a rite of the season.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that members of the public will be allowed to return to Times Square to ring in the new year. Last year, concerns about the virus forced organizers to exclude them.
Revelers will have to show they are vaccinated, or test negative and wear a mask. But experts warn they cannot predict how the virus will trend over the course of the holiday season.