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Thursday, December 30, 2021

波士頓市長吳弭: "第一夜"戶外慶祝 提供12小時疫苗注射 (市府視頻)

波士頓市長吳弭宣佈「第一夜」安全措施。
        (Boston Orange編譯) 2022年的波士頓市第一夜,將恢復往年的各項表演,遊行,只是大多數的活動都將改在戶外舉行,市政府並將和Whittier街健康中心合作,為民眾注射新冠病毒疫苗及加強劑。

波士頓公共衛生局主任Bisola Ojikutu博士
              移動的疫苗門診將於1231日這天的中午12點至晚上7點,在柯普利廣場 (Copley Square) 為包括兒童的所有符合資格人士施打新冠病毒疫苗。波士頓市公共衛生中心 (BPHC)將接著於晚上7點至11點,在波士頓公共圖書館為12歲以上人士注射疫苗。

         波士頓市和經營第一夜的Conventures公司合作,採取行動,在跨入新年之際,確保公眾安全。

Whittier街健康中心董事長兼執行長Frederica Williams
         由於新冠病毒疫情持續,所有由第一夜直接辦理的室內節目,今年都將改在室外舉行。根據波士頓市的室內戴口罩規定,在合作教堂等地舉辦的室內音樂會,人們都必須戴口罩 。群眾規模大的戶外活動,市府也建議大家戴口罩。

        波士頓市府也要求所有覺得身體不舒服或有染患新冠病毒症狀的人,不要參加任何活動。

波士頓警察局副局長(Superintendent) Gerard Bailey
        波士頓市長吳米表示,波士頓市「第一夜」已有46年歷史,她非常高興能把已是波士頓傳統的第一夜帶回來,只是礙於新冠病毒疫情,為顧及大眾的健康、安全,己乎所有的慶祝活動都轉移到室外舉行。市府還將為民眾提供注射新冠疫苗服務。

波士頓急救服務局局長Jim Hooley
        波士頓公共衛生局主任Bisola Ojikutu博士,Whittier街健康中心董事長兼執行長Frederica Williams,波士頓警察局副局長(Superintendent) Gerard Bailey,波士頓急救服務局局長Jim HooleyConventures的董事長Dusty Rhodes,波士頓市長辦公室的旅遊、運動及娛樂局主任Kate Davis等人,30日和波士頓市長吳弭一起出席新聞發佈會,說明波士頓市府為「第一夜」準備的安全措施。

波士頓MBTA轉接警察長Kenneth Green。
         今年的波士頓第一夜,將於晚上7點在波士頓廣場,午夜在波士頓海港施放煙花。波士頓市府提醒民眾,個別人是不可使用,持有或出售煙花,以免對民眾及其財物造成嚴重損害。

         波士頓後灣區 (Back Bay),水前區 (Waterfront)的交通及停車位都將受節慶活動影響,人們進城最好不要開車,查詢相關交通細節可上網https://www.boston.gov/news/traffic-and-parking-advisory-first-night-boston-2021。查詢第一夜活動細節,可上官網Schedule - First Night Boston 2022

 MAYOR WU ANNOUNCES FIRST NIGHT PUBLIC VACCINATION CLINIC, IN ADDITION TO OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES 

Public COVID-19 vaccination clinics in partnership with Whittier Street Health Center and BPHC to be held as part of First Night festivities
BOSTON - Thursday, December 30, 2021 - Mayor Michelle Wu joined City leadership to share the city’s preparations for First Night, Boston’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration, and announced a COVID-19 vaccine and booster clinic in partnership with Whittier St. Health Center as part of First Night. The mobile vaccination clinic will be held from 12:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Copley Square (near the Bostix booth) and will be open to all members of the public who are eligible, including children. Following that, BPHC will be providing vaccinations from 7:00 -11:00 p.m. in the Boston Public Library for people ages 12+. 

The City is a partner of the New Year’s Eve event, which is formally run by Conventures, Inc. Both parties are taking steps to ensure public health and safety as Boston rings in the New Year. 

Due to the ongoing pandemic, all indoor programming directly maintained by First Night has been moved outdoors this year. Per the City’s indoor masking mandate, masks will be required for indoor concerts at partner churches, and are recommended when in large crowds outdoors. It is also strongly recommended that attendees are vaccinated. The City asks that individuals do not attend any events if they are feeling unwell or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

“I’m overjoyed to bring back the beloved tradition of First Night and to offer Bostonians a chance to get vaccinated or boosted as we ring in 2022,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “We’ve shifted the celebration outdoors to put public health and safety at the forefront as we welcome the New Year. I’m grateful to all our city departments and partners working hard for all Bostonians and visitors to stay safe and healthy, and get vaccinated this holiday season.”

“We can more safely celebrate this new year together thanks to the careful planning and appropriate precautions that have been implemented, and we must continue to be vigilant,” said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. “I encourage everyone to help keep our communities safe by taking every precaution when planning their celebrations. That includes limiting indoor gatherings, maintaining physical distance, masking, staying home when ill, and getting vaccinated and boosted.”  

“The Whittier Street Health Center is thrilled to support Mayor Wu's efforts to increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters,” said Frederica Williams, President & CEO of Whittier Street Health Center. “COVID-19 vaccines are effective and can reduce the risk of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19, and prevent severe illness. As we make new year's resolutions, we hope that COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, masking, social distancing and hand washing will be part of your new year's goals to stay safe and healthy.”

The Boston Police Department will be present at First Night to support this family-friendly event. Additionally, Boston Police are reminding attendees not to consume alcohol, not to fly drones at any First Night activities, to dress accordingly for the weather, and to report any suspicious activity.

“The Boston Police Department, working with our public and private security partners, have come up with a comprehensive safety and security plan to ensure a secure family friendly environment for all participants, visitors and spectators alike,” said Boston Police Superintendent Gerard Bailey. “As we celebrate the start of the New Year, please take all the necessary precautions to keep yourself and others safe.”

Boston EMS will also be deploying additional personnel at dispatch operations and in ambulances on New Year’s Eve. 

“However you choose to celebrate the New Year, please do so responsibly, looking out for your safety and the safety of those you are with,” said Boston EMS Chief Jim Hooley. “A number of the incidents we respond to on New Year’s Eve can be avoided. Be a good friend and help others make the right decisions, so they make it home at the end of the night too.”

First Night will include a family fireworks show over the Boston Common at 7:00 p.m. and fireworks over the Boston Harbor at midnight. The public is reminded that it is illegal for private citizens to use, possess, or sell fireworks, and that illegal fireworks pose significant dangers to the safety of residents and their property.

First Night festivities will impact traffic and parking in the Back Bay as well as on Boston’s waterfront. People coming into the City to celebrate are strongly encouraged not to drive. Details on parking and traffic restrictions can be found here.

First Night began in Boston 46 years ago and now first night celebrations take place all over the world. A full schedule of tomorrow’s events can be found at the First Night website here.

"We are thrilled to return this proud tradition to Boston's residents and visitors," said Dusty Rhodes, President of Conventures, Inc. "We're fortunate to have great partners in the City of Boston to help us coordinate this event with safety and family fun as our highest priorities." 

"First Night is one of Boston's most beloved traditions," said Kate Davis, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment. "The City of Boston is proud to be a partner for this annual event, which brings together local businesses, cultural organizations, and performers, to provide free, family-friendly programming for residents and visitors alike. To safely ring in the new year, event attendees are urged to get vaccinated and boosted and follow the public health guidelines in place.”

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