FILE – Confetti flies after the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball drops in a nearly empty Times Square due to COVID-19 lockdown, early Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. New York City is readying to embrace the new year by reviving its annual New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, as an uneasy nation tries to muster optimism that the worst days of the pandemic are now behind it. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)