See: New Year’s Eve fireworks light up in downtown Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) – This week, Austin-Travis County health executives called for a return to step 4 of their COVID-19 risk-based guidelines due to an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

City leaders are now asking people to take precautions this weekend and celebrate the new year safely, and these recommendations include seeing the city fireworks in the distance.

“If the numbers continue to get worse in our city because people do not do it voluntarily, then we will have to look at further restrictions and no one wants to go there, so we ask everyone to do their part and protect each other. a voluntary way, ”said Austin Mayor Steve Adler.

They ask that you “be dazzled from a distance” when the city fires its fireworks from Vic Mathias Shores to welcome in the new year on Friday night.

“At this time of year where we want to celebrate the ringing of a new year and celebrate the new changes we see and the hopes and dreams we have; it’s really important that we do so in intimate gatherings with people we live with and try to work together to reduce the spread and number of cases that develop in our community, ”said Dr. Desmar Walkes, the local health authority.

Walkes said the fireworks will go as planned, but that they expect people not to gather to watch the show.

‘It has to be seen from a distance. There are no plans for assembly. There are no suppliers, no bands, ”Walkes said in a media question and answer last week. “We expect people to be able to see it from their vehicles, or in the downtown area, people might be able to look at it through their windows.”

They plan to television with the fireworks show starts at 22.00. If society can not slow down the spread, Adler believes we can soon move to Phase 5.

“The numbers are rising so fast. It looks pretty uncertain. It looks like this city could easily move into that kind of numbers next week or early January, which is why we’re all asking to try to do everything they can to try to moderate the impact of this virus, but it is accelerating. ” said Adler.

In previous years, families gathered at Vic Mathias Shores to listen to live music, watch fireworks and enjoy family-friendly activities, but that has not happened since 2019. Last year, the city celebrated the new year by showcasing eight local bands and venues that have been hit hard of the pandemic.

If you are planning to see the fireworks, here is what you need to know.

When: Friday, December 31 at 22.00

Where: Vic Mathias Shores, but health executives are asking you to look into the distance this year

Watch online:

  • Online:
  • Spectrum cable: Channel 6
  • Grande Communications: Channel 6
  • AT&T U-Verses: Channel 99
  • ATXN is now available on AppleTV + Roku. Download the ATXN app on both devices to watch from these channels.

Roadblocks: There will be roadblocks in the area, starting at. 8pm to around midnight. These closures are:

  • Riverside Drive from Lee Barton to S. 1st Street
  • 1st St Bridge
Roadblocks for New Year's Eve
Roadblocks for New Year’s Eve (Lent by Austin)

You can also tune in to the Lone Star NYE special on KXAN from 11:30 pm to 12:30 pm

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