Many New Yorkers have been wondering about how the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree would be made pandemic-friendly this year, as it is known for attracting tons of crowds.
Well, Rockefeller Center organizers have finally revealed their plans. After the tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2 (which will have no public access this year — just be visible on TV), New Yorkers and visitors alike will want to see the gorgeous tree lit up in all its glory.
In order to view it this year, you will have to scan a QR code, which are set up around the area. That will secure your place on line, and then you can go anywhere you want while you wait. You will be alerted on your phone when it is your turn to view the tree.
You will also only be able to view it for five minutes to keep lines moving (which will be spaced out in six feet intervals), and groups will be limited to four people. And, of course, face masks are required.
The plaza where the tree is actually located will be closed, and the dedicated viewing zones will only be 49th and 50th Streets between Fifth and Sixth Avenues (which will be closed to traffic).
You can find more details on their website here.
Of course, it you want an unencumbered view of the magnificent tree, you can always get a ticket to ice skating!
The tree will be lit from 6 a.m. to midnight each day, and 24 hours on Christmas Day.
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