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New year, new rules: World celebrates 2021 through COVID restrictions

New year, new rules: World celebrates 2021 through COVID restrictions
Times Square and Red Square closed; Burj Khalifa and New Zealand open.

People in Manila, Philippines, watch a drone show during New Year's Eve celebrations at a park.(Photo by Wendell Teodoro/Getty Images) (Wendell Teodoro @ZEDUCE//Getty Images) Since the Korean War ended, a bell in the capital of Seoul has rung in each new year in South Korea — except this year, when COVID forced the ceremony’s cancellation.The New Year's Eve party at the historic landmark was canceled due to the pandemic.(Christoph Soeder/dpa via AP) (Christoph Soeder/AP) In Russia, Moscow’s famous Red Square, traditionally the country’s New Year’s Eve answer to Times Square, was cordoned off, according to Euronews.

City fireworks were also called off in Rio de Janeiro, but the mood was more Mumbai than Moscow with many people planning private parties for their New Year’s Eve.(Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images) (Ezra Acayan/Getty Images) Sydney, Australia, despite the country’s recent success controlling the virus, launched its famous harborside fireworks display two hours later to very few in-person attendees.

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