You haven’t invited them, but nonetheless, chances are Omicron and Delta have plans to attend your end-of-the-year bash.


“Omicron and delta are coming to your party,” Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) said at a news conference this week. “So you need to think twice about how many people will be gathered together, keeping social distancing if you’re at a party. And if you can’t, leave.”


Anthony S. Fauci said Monday that a small gathering with vaccinated family members would be the safest way to celebrate. And be wary of larger events, he advised.

“When you’re talking about a New Year’s Eve party where you have 30, 40, 50 people celebrating, you do not know the status of their vaccination, I would recommend strongly: Stay away from that this year,” Fauci said in an interview with CNN. “There will be other years to do that, but not this year.”