***The Iowa Standard is an independent media voice. We rely on the financial support of our readers to exist. Please consider a one-time sign of support or becoming a monthly supporter at $5, $10/month - whatever you think we're worth! If you’ve ever used the phrase “Fake News” — now YOU can actually DO something about it! You can also support us on PayPal at [email protected] or Venmo at Iowa-Standard-2018 or through the mail at: PO Box 112 Sioux Center, IA 51250

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will allow people to celebrate New Year’s in Times Square this year — under one condition. After the event was closed to spectators a year ago, the public can return this year — so long as they have full proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.

Anyone over age 5 will have to bring a photo ID along with proof of vaccination to enter Times Square. Children under five must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult. Those who are unvaccinated must wear a mask.