Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, Atlanta’s New Year’s Eve event has been canceled yet again.
This will be the third year in a row that Atlanta’s Peach Drop celebration is canceled. In 2019 it was canceled due to not having a venue and for the last two years, the event was canceled due to Covid-19 concerns.
“In consultation with public health officials, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the Peach Drop,” says Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “As positive COVID-19 cases rise, I encourage everyone to be safe, get vaccinated and follow CDC guidelines.”
On Tuesday, the Peach State reported 8,315 more confirmed cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the last week to 53,801. The daily average has risen to 7,686, more than three times the previous week’s average.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Fulton County had 1,316 new cases on Tuesday, while DeKalb County had 748 new infections. In the last 14 days, new cases have increased dramatically in both counties.
Bottoms renewed the city’s mask mandate on Dec. 21, requiring everyone in a public area, including private businesses and establishments, to wear a mask or a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth.