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New Year's Eve party in downtown Las Vegas blocked due to uptick in coronavirus cases

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Posted at 7:31 PM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 09:44:38-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Fremont Street Experience does not have permission to host its New Year's Eve celebration this year due to the current uptick in coronavirus cases.

The annual downtown event did not get cleared by a government-appointed workgroup working with the Southern Nevada Health District and others.

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A notice dated Nov. 16 was shared with 13 Action News on Thursday that said it alerted the Fremont Street Experience of the decision.

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The Fremont Street Experience released the following statement on the current situation:

“We submitted our plans for a New Year’s Eve event over a month ago prior to the current surge in COVID-19 cases. It is our understanding that currently no permits for large gatherings have been approved by the state. Fremont Street Experience is unique in that we are a public street and we will evaluate all our options regarding New Year’s Eve with our top priority being the health and safety of our guests, partners and employees.”

The coronavirus pandemic has also halted the annual fireworks celebration on the Las Vegas Strip.

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The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said the safety and security of guests and employees is its top priority.

FSE and LVCVA say they will continue to look at other options to help celebrate the changing of the calendar to 2021.

Currently, the Plaza hotel-casino downtown says it plans to continue to host a fireworks New Year's Eve celebration.