SINGAPORE: While there will be no fireworks display at Marina Bay this year due to public health concerns, residents can expect fireworks over 11 heartland locations on New Year's Eve instead.
The displays, which are going virtual for the first time, are part of year-end countdown community programmes organised by the People's Association (PA).
This is to allow residents to participate in a "safe way" amid the COVID-19 outbreak, PA said in a media release on Wednesday (Dec 23).
"As 2020 comes to a close and we approach Phase 3 of reopening, we need to remain vigilant particularly during festive periods," said PA.
The fireworks displays will take place at Bedok, Bishan, Boon Lay, Geylang, Hougang, Jurong, Tampines, Tiong Bahru, Woodlands, Yew Tee and the Nanyang ward in West Coast Group Representation Constituency (GRC).
The displays will also be live-streamed at several of the 16 virtual engagements organised by PA to usher in 2021.
Two of the countdown engagements, at Punggol Coast and Nee Soon South, will take place on Dec 27.
Another two, at Clementi and Telok Blangah, will take place on Jan 1.
The remainder will take place on the night of Dec 31.
At many of the engagements, residents will be able to share their wishes for the new year, participate in games and quizzes, and enjoy live performances.
Audiences can view “live” shots of the fireworks from selected heartland locations at midnight by catching Mediacorp’s annual countdown special, Let’s Celebrate 2021.
Catch Let’s Celebrate 2021 live on meWATCH, Mediacorp Entertainment on YouTube and Channel 5 between 10.30pm and 12.15am on Dec 31; and in an encore on Channel 5 at between 5.15pm and 7pm on Jan 1.
The show is also available on demand for free on meWATCH and Mediacorp Entertainment on YouTube from Jan 1.