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Onondaga County Executive will not place any restrictions on New Year’s Eve celebrations

Go ahead and ring in the new year as always if you live in Onondaga County. reports County Executive Ryan McMahon has no plans to place any restrictions on New Year’s Eve celebrations in the county. He says the combination of vaccinations, boosters, testing and symptom monitoring are adequate checks on the spread of the virus. He also points to recent reports saying that while it is more contagious, the Omicron variant appears to be less likely to make people sick than previous versions of the virus.

McMahon also said he didn’t want to hurt businesses who have already been negatively affected by COVID-19.

He says the county has distributed over 17,500 test kits and 100,000 KN-95 masks in the past week. The city of Syracuse has announced it will distribute free test kits to residents of Syracuse Housing Authority properties and those enrolled in community programs at six city parks.

The village of Fayetteville and town of Clay have also announced plans for test distributions.