After facing cancellation back in 2020 as a result of tier 4 restrictions and an impending third national lockdown, Manchester City Council has announced that this year’s New Year’s Eve festivities will be cancelled, too, citing the spread of Omicron as the reason behind the decision.
Usually taking place at Manchester Cathedral, the firework spectacle attracts tens of thousands of Mancs every single year, however, the council has revealed that due to government guidance around vaccine passports, the council will be unable to facilitate such a large event.
Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester’s City Centre spokesperson, said: “It’s a massive disappointment that we have had to cancel the New Year’s Eve celebrations for a second year running and we know that many people will be upset about this.
“It was a difficult decision to make but with the new Covid variant spreading quickly – and Government regulations around large events – we have to put the health of our residents first.
“For those who want to indulge in festive fun, get down to the Winter Gardens and enjoy the stalls that are open until 2 January. But think about your own safety and of those around you. It’s not too late to get your vaccine and booster to protect yourself from serious illness.”
Despite the cancellation of the fireworks, Mancs will still be able to enjoy Piccadilly Gardens Winter Gardens pop-up, with tons of food, drink and entertainment to enjoy until January 2nd.
Under current restrictions, Mancs will also be able to visit bars and nightclubs on New Year’s Eve – marking our most ‘normal’ festive season in two years.