SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – The decision to cancel the fireworks display in San Francisco earlier this week was one of many cancellations caused by COVID that have forced people to rework their New Years celebration plans to the last minute.
Concerns about the spread of the Omicron variant resulted in the cancellation of events for the entire week. The Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland was unable to host its annual balloon drop on Friday; the center will close until January 15 to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“All the plans were canceled and we had two parties that we were invited to – she had two other parties that she was invited to and they were all canceled,” a woman said on Friday. “It’s okay. You adapt, make the most of the situation and celebrate.
She was shopping with her family for decorations to celebrate New Years Eve at her home as well as at the One Stop Party Shop.
“At first it was a bit frustrating because I had plans with my friends. You have to adapt – I mean it will be good, it will be more intimate with the family, ”said another woman outside the party store.
One Stop Party Shop noticed customers coming in Thursday and Friday as they finalized their plans to stay home or keep a low profile while hosting in 2022. The small store was sometimes crowded as people waited at the entrance to do their shopping.
“We’re just having a few friends tonight, we wanted to make it festive,” said one customer after carrying a bag of supplies and balloons. “It will be nice to see close friends and anyone can get tested for COVID and all that pretty easily, so yes it will be good, it will be a good way to start the new year. “
The impact of the last-minute cancellation of the San Francisco Waterfront Fireworks Show makes it difficult for businesses that rely on the show to bring people to the Embarcadero. Some restaurants reported that reservations were still full for the night, even though the light show was canceled.
Other shoppers at the party store said they still plan to stay home and limit their celebration to a small group of loved ones.
“It’s always been intimate with my family and me, so it’s a bit like the norm,” Rémi Perez.