Uniformed officers of the New York Police Department will no longer have their scheduled days off for New Year's Eve and Day.
"In order to provide police coverage for New Year's celebrations in Times Square and for precincts throughout the city, the NYPD has ordered all uniformed members of the service who would regularly be off to report for duty," a spokesperson for the NYPD said.
Regular days off for uniformed officers are terminated, and they "are to report to their respective commands for their assigned tour" on Friday and Saturday.
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The order comes as several officers have called out of work due to COVID-19, according to a report.
Approximately 6,000 officers, 16% of the total force, called in sick, with roughly 1,300 testing positive for COVID-19, the report noted.
The spike in cases will also affect the city's New Year's Eve celebration, as only 15,000 are expected to attend the ball drop event. On average, 58,000 people attend the event annually, according to the report.
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"New Yorkers have stepped up tremendously over the past year — we are leading the way on vaccinations, we have reopened safely, and every day we work toward building a recovery for all of us," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "There is a lot to celebrate, and these additional safety measures will keep the fully vaccinated crowd safe and healthy as we ring in the New Year."