New Year’s Eve in Chagrin Falls will look pretty different this year because of coved.

 New Year’s Eve celebrations will inevitably be affected by the current pandemic. Some of these effects can change how these holidays are celebrated.

New Year’s Eve is going to have various changes with how  it is participated in, most of which have to do with parties and other activities involving high populations.

One of these changes is how the popcorn ball will not fall on New Year’s Eve this time.

The owner of the popcorn shop said that he would not do the drop this year as he was afraid that even if he scheduled it to be online, too many people would come and be a danger to themselves.

The ball drop in Time Square is also changed due to covid.

Times Square has announced since September that it plans to do this  ball drop virtually.

In the time leading up to New Year’s Eve, people can join a virtual Times Square with a host of games and performances. 

This will mean that, ignoring a few exceptions, the ball drop will not have an in person audience.

The another main restriction to keep in mind as someone from Chagrin is the airbnb restrictions

On December 2, Airbnb released their new rules stating how, from now on, people can only get rooms with their website if they have positive reviews.

If Airbnb finds that someone has hosted an “unauthorized party,” as a guest, you may receive legal trouble from Airbnb.

In addition to these changes, governor DeWine has extended the curfew from 10PM to 5 AM to last through New Year’s Eve.

This rule is loose, and only applies for more frivolous justifications to be out.

The curfew and Airbnb rules show the general attitude of avoiding parties.

Ohio has over 579,000 cases of covid19 according to the Ohio department of health, so people are understandably cautious about celebrating with large groups.

This point about large groups can be massively impactful on people, but much of that impact is decided by how someone normally celebrates New Year’s Eve.

Some people will be relatively unaffected, like freshman Jason Cheng.

Cheng described how, as someone who celebrates New Year’s with his family, coved hasn’t changed his experience that much.

As someone who doesn’t care about either of the ball drops, this doesn’t have much effect on him either.

Contrasting this with someone like freshmen James Wilkinson can show how people are affected by this in very different ways.

“Last new year we were over at an international party… it’s definitely going to be a lot quieter [this year] and I think I’m going to enjoy it just being my family and my dog,” said Wilkinson.