Brampton’s New Year’s Eve celebrations likely to stay virtual again this year

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Published September 17, 2021 at 3:41 pm

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said he thinks there are going to be more outdoor events in the fall and winter, as weather allows, but doubts they will be a large as in previous years.

This includes New Year’s Eve, which will likely be celebrated virtually by the city again this year.

“I adhere to the advice of (Peel) Public Health and Public Health says outdoor events are relatively safe environments,” said Brown in an exclusive interview with insauga.com publisher Khaled Iwamura broadcast on Instagram.

“The more they study, the more they realized that transmission outdoors is difficult.”

That said, Brown doesn’t think there are going to be any massive gatherings for a while.

“I don’t think we’re going to see the outdoors events that had thousands of people like we did before the COVID restrictions. I don’t see 10,000 people in Brampton for New Year’s Eve.”

Last year’s NYE celebrations conducted by the city were virtual and a similar plan is likely to be followed this year.

Prior to the pandemic, Garden Square and Gage Park in Brampton were both gathering places for large numbers of Brampton residents.

In 2018, local musician Shawn Hook was the headline act. In 2020 it was Juno Award-winning band MAGIC! and last year’s virtual event featured Haviah Mighty and Tokyo Police Club.

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