Stepping out on New Year’s Eve? KSLA News 12 poll shows most of us aren’t

Medical expert explains how people can safely ring in the new year
A KSLA News 12 poll shows that the vast majority of us will be staying in, not stepping out, on...
A KSLA News 12 poll shows that the vast majority of us will be staying in, not stepping out, on New Year's Eve. Most of us will be celebrating at home with out immediate family members.(WAVE 3 News)
Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 3:33 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 28, 2021 at 10:01 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — A KSLA News 12 poll shows that only about 11% of us plan to go out on New Year’s Eve.

And the unscientific survey shows that just 5% or so intend to ring in the new year at a house party.

Dr. John Vanchiere has some guidance for those who intend to step out on New Year’s Eve.

“The best strategy to reduce risk (of COVID-19) is to wear a mask. If you are around folks you don’t know or don’t have routine contact with, you should wear a mask.”

More than half of us (51%) will be at home celebrating the advent of 2022 with our immediate family members, the KSLA News 12 poll shows.

And the remainder (34%) have no plans to ring in the new year.

You can take the poll below:

KSLA News 12 also took to Facebook to ask:

How are you celebrating the New Year?! 🎊🎉

Posted by KSLA News 12 on Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Alicia McLean has particularly special plans: “In the hospital delivering my first baby, a boy 🤩❤️” (Click here to congratulate her if you wish.)

And some commented that they will be cooking, with at least one serving the traditional fare.

  • Jennifer Hester: “At home cooking black eyed peas and ham hocks and cabbage with eckridge sausage 🤤🤤🤤 & maybe a glass or 2 of wine 🍷”
  • Lisa Pennywell: “At home with my Husband cooking T-bone with a cold class of wine talking to are grandkids and Dallas TX chilling out 🙌🍸🎉✌”
  • Lisa Bryant Turner: “Cooking at home and hoping to relax”
  • Aubrey Garcia: “Grilling & doing a short round of fireworks”

Restaurants and businesses like Abby Singer’s Bistro are happy to ring in the new year even though it again will be with COVID-19. They are stepping up so people can party even at a distance.

Abby Singers Executive Chef Tootie Morrison said they are preparing a special meal to bring joy in light of another COVID-19 surge. “We’re excited to be able to do something for the area, of course, with precautions in place.”

You can expect a feast. “Tableside service of your finest cuts of meats along with some other sides that we are going to have, mashed potatoes, bananas, salad bar, everything that you can imagine to make you happy for New Year’s,” Morrison said.

And she plans to do it safely. “Our capacity right now is COVID friendly. Our tables aren’t as close as they usually are, and we aren’t actually at full capacity.”

Over at the cigar and cocktail lounge 318 infused, Mack Martin said you can’t come to party there without your mask. “There will be no entry if you don’t have your mask. And if you’re not drinking or smoking, the mask is going to be required.”

Martin said you’ll also be greeted with a party favor at the door. “We’re going to offer a free bowl of gumbo on entry. And a free bottle of champagne will be on every table.”

Ark-La-Tex Weekend’s New Year’s Eve guide

And for those who are into New Year’s resolutions, here’s a look at activity on Twitter when 2021 dawned:

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