Tuesday marked the start of fall, and as seasons change it is becoming clear that life in the city isn't really going back to normal anytime in 2020, regardless of what some finance bros might think. Along those lines, some major NYC traditions have already been canceled, like the annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. And today, event organizers announced that this year's New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square will be "a virtually enhanced celebration."

Organizers say there will be "an extremely limited group of in-person honorees, socially distanced, who will reflect the themes, challenges and inspirations of 2020." Otherwise, their announcement makes it sound like Times Square will be mostly human-free for the dropping of the ball. But the "scaled-back and socially-distanced live elements," which are still being figured out, will instead be available to watch online in the comfort of your own home, so you can still choose to wear an adult diaper if you really want to cosplay that classic NYC New Year's Eve experience.

"This year there will be significantly new and enhanced virtual, visual and digital offerings to complement whatever limited live entertainment or experiences—still in development—will take place in Times Square," said Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, which co-produces the event with Countdown Entertainment. "And because any opportunity to be live in Times Square will be pre-determined and extremely limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be the opportunity to participate virtually wherever you are. Because more than ever in these divided and fear-filled times, the world desperately needs to come together symbolically and virtually to celebrate the people and things we love and to look forward with a sense of renewal and new beginnings."

Mayor Bill de Blasio commended the organizers for finding a "safe, creative and innovative way for all of us to continue to celebrate this century old-tradition. A new year means a fresh start, and we’re excited to celebrate." 

The event will also serve as a more uplifting look back at a year that changed our lives: “Through a limited number of honored guests we will note where we’ve been but more importantly we will honor and celebrate the courageous and creative spirits who have helped and will help us travel through these challenging times into the New Year,” said Tompkins. 

Last week, the mayor announced that another major fall event, the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, will not be held live on November 26th due to the pandemic (but it will be shown on television with balloons, just with very few people around). With the way 2020 has been going, the only public event that will likely still happen this year is SantaCon.