The normally bustling streets of New York's Times Square were vacant on New Year's Eve as police fenced off a perimeter to maintain social distancing.
The crossroads normally host tens of thousands of revelers on New Year's Eve who come to watch live musical performances and soak in what has become an iconic scene for millions of Americans each year who watch on television.
The show will go on, however musical performances will be recorded for live broadcast on a stage in Times Square.
Officials say only a small number of guests have been allowed to attend - a group of first responders invited by the production.
New York police blocked off all but a narrow pedestrian passageway early Thursday, and closed off access to the public entirely by 3 p.m.
"It makes me a little bit sad," said Cole Zieser, who just moved to New York this week. "It's our first time in New York on New Year's Eve and it's just not going to be what we wanted, what everyone dreams about in New York, you know?"
The annual celebration is also a financial boon for the many businesses catering to tourists in Midtown Manhattan.
Ali Jameel, who owns a gift shop just a block from Times Square said he's looking forward to business returning in 2021.
"We are dreaming for it to come back again like before. We hope, so."