There will be no fireworks display for Melbourne this New Year’s Eve

There will be no fireworks display for Melbourne this New Year’s Eve

City of Melbourne’s 2020 New Year’s Eve celebration will focus on the city’s renowned wine and food culture.

Melbourne’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display will not form part of City of Melbourne’s celebration this year, the council has announced. Instead, CoM has unveiled its plan for a COVID-Safe event that will be spread across the city.

Delivered by the City of Melbourne, the Victorian government and Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the official 2020 NYE celebration will focus on Melbourne’s famous food and wine culture, presenting a two-day dining experience across December 31 and January 1.

Dining precincts will be sprinkled throughout the city, including some of the CBD’s most popular ‘eat streets’ such as Flinders Lane and Little Bourke Street, encompassing over 50 venues and 11 city precincts.

Titled New Year Street Feasts, the event is designed to draw people to the city without creating crowds. Bookings will be essential for those wishing to attend.

Melbourne’s annual fireworks display typically draws up to 400,000 people into the city on New Year’s Eve, posing a significant public health risk if it were to go ahead amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

“This has been an incredibly tough year and we want to mark its end by celebrating and supporting Melbourne’s wonderful cafes, bars and restaurants,” said Lord Mayor Sally Capp.

“We are tailoring a program to safely encourage more patrons into our incredible and deserving hospitality businesses that have struggled through lockdown restrictions.

“This is will be an opportunity to say goodbye to 2020, look forward to a brighter 2021 and thank every Melburnian for their efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.

There will be no fireworks in the city this year, we’ll instead be showing our support for our local culinary scene with…

Posted by City of Melbourne on Sunday, November 15, 2020

Tickets for New Year Street Feasts are on sale from Monday November 23. Find out more here

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