In Pictures: Celebrations of a different kind on New Year’s Eve

This New Year's Eve is being celebrated like no other, with pandemic restrictions limiting crowds in many places.

From New York's Times Square to Sydney Harbour, big public blowouts are being turned into TV-only shows and digital events. But New Zealand, Taiwan and other places with successes against the virus are celebrating like usual.

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A security guard stands on duty as a phoenix is shown on a giant screen on New Year Eve in Beijing Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. This New Year's Eve is being celebrated like no other, with pandemic restrictions limiting crowds and many people bidding farewell to a year they'd prefer to forget. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over the Chao Phraya river during the fireworks show in Bangkok on January 1, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP) (Photo by MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP via Getty Images)
New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House (L) during the fireworks show on January 1, 2021. (Photo by SAEED KHAN / AFP) (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 1: A couple are seen kissing as they bring in the New Year at Federation Square during New Year's Eve celebrations on January 1, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. Celebrations look different this year as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House (L) during the fireworks show on January 1, 2021. (Photo by SAEED KHAN / AFP) (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: The Sydney Harbour fireworks display is seen over a near-empty Sydney Opera House forecourt during New Year's Eve celebrations on January 01, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Amidst a new outbreak of COVID-19 in Sydney, the normally 12-minute long midnight pyrotechnic display has been shortened to seven minutes. New COVID-19 restrictions are also in effect across NSW with household gatherings limited to five guests in greater Sydney, Wollongong, the Central Coast and Blue Mountains. Sydney's Northern Beaches remain in lockdown as health authorities work to contain current coronavirus cluster outbreaks in the community. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 1: People are seen cheering and celebrating as they bring in the New Year at Federation Square during New Year's Eve celebrations on January 1, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. Celebrations look different this year as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 01: Fireworks from the Auckland Sky Tower during Auckland New Year's Eve celebrations on January 01, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images for Auckland Unlimited)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 01: The crowd enjoys the Jordan Luck Band during Auckland New Year's Eve celebrations on January 01, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images for Auckland Unlimited)
New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House (L) during the fireworks show on January 1, 2021. (Photo by SAEED KHAN / AFP) (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: Fireworks light the sky to bring in the New Year as seen from the new harbourside resort Crown Sydney on January 01, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Celebrations look different this year as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place due to the coronavirus pandemic with various parts of Greater Sydney in types of lockdowns owing to increasing cases reported by health officials. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: Fireworks light up the sky above Sydney Harbour Bridge during the midnight fireworks display during New Year's Eve celebrations on January 01, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Due to COVID-19 restrictions amid a new outbreak of the virus in Sydney, this years fireworks display has been shortened to seven minutes, with numerous other restrictions in place on movement around the CBD. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: The Sydney Harbour fireworks display is seen over a near-empty Sydney Opera House forecourt during New Year's Eve celebrations on January 01, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Amidst a new outbreak of COVID-19 in Sydney, the normally 12-minute long midnight pyrotechnic display has been shortened to seven minutes. New COVID-19 restrictions are also in effect across NSW with household gatherings limited to five guests in greater Sydney, Wollongong, the Central Coast and Blue Mountains. Sydney's Northern Beaches remain in lockdown as health authorities work to contain current coronavirus cluster outbreaks in the community. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: The Sydney Harbour fireworks display is seen over a near-empty Sydney Opera House forecourt during New Year's Eve celebrations on January 01, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Amidst a new outbreak of COVID-19 in Sydney, the normally 12-minute long midnight pyrotechnic display has been shortened to seven minutes. New COVID-19 restrictions are also in effect across NSW with household gatherings limited to five guests in greater Sydney, Wollongong, the Central Coast and Blue Mountains. Sydney's Northern Beaches remain in lockdown as health authorities work to contain current coronavirus cluster outbreaks in the community. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: The Sydney Harbour fireworks display is seen over a near-empty Sydney Opera House forecourt during New Year's Eve celebrations on January 01, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Amidst a new outbreak of COVID-19 in Sydney, the normally 12-minute long midnight pyrotechnic display has been shortened to seven minutes. New COVID-19 restrictions are also in effect across NSW with household gatherings limited to five guests in greater Sydney, Wollongong, the Central Coast and Blue Mountains. Sydney's Northern Beaches remain in lockdown as health authorities work to contain current coronavirus cluster outbreaks in the community. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: A fireworks display over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Year's Eve celebrations on January 01, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Celebrations look different this year as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Wendell Teodoro/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: A fireworks display over the Sydney Opera House during New Year's Eve celebrations on January 01, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Celebrations look different this year as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Wendell Teodoro/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: A general view of the crowd at Federation Square during New Year's Eve celebrations on January 01, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. Celebrations look different this year as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: People celebrating New Years wearing masks take a photo during New Year's Eve celebrations on January 01, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. Celebrations look different this year as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: Fireworks light the sky over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Year's Eve celebrations on January 01, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Celebrations look different this year as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 01: Fireworks from the SkyTower during Auckland New Year's Eve celebrations on January 01, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Dave Rowland/Getty Images for Auckland Unlimited)
New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Ras al-Khaimah, one of the world's largest fireworks shows on January 1, 2021. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP) (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN - JANUARY 01: Fireworks light up the Taiwan skyline and Taipei 101 when LED signs friendly Island in Chinese during New Years Eve celebrations on January 01, 2021 in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Gene Wang/Getty Images)
YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA - JANUARY 1, 2021: People attend New Year celebrations in 1905 Goda Square. Donat Sorokin/TASS (Photo by Donat Sorokin\TASS via Getty Images)
New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over the Chao Phraya river during the fireworks show in Bangkok on January 1, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP) (Photo by MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP via Getty Images)
New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over the Chao Phraya river during the fireworks show in Bangkok on January 1, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP) (Photo by MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: A fireworks display is seen over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Year's Eve celebrations on January 01, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Celebrations look different this year as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Wendell Teodoro/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: A fireworks display over the Sydney Opera House during New Year's Eve celebrations on January 01, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Celebrations look different this year as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Wendell Teodoro/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: A fireworks display over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Year's Eve celebrations on January 01, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Celebrations look different this year as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Wendell Teodoro/Getty Images)
The Burj Khalifa skyscraper is lit up in preparation for New Year's Eve celebrations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Dec. 31, 2020. (Phto by Alex G. Perez/AGPfoto/Sipa USA)
General view of a quiet Piccadilly Circus, in central London, ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations. People are being urged to stay home on New Year's Eve to prevent the "dire" situation in hospitals from getting worse.
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