Public Safety Statement on First Night as Pittsburgh Welcomes 2022

PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec. 30, 2021) – After a moderated “made-for-TV” format last year, Pittsburgh’s annual “First Night” returns to the streets and event venues of Pittsburgh to ring in 2022. 

Dec. 31 traditionally draws tens of thousands of people to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Highmark First Night Pittsburgh celebrations at venues throughout Downtown. Last year, those crowds stayed home due to pandemic concerns, but this year organizers are adapting the event again by moving much of it outdoors. 

Of course, COVID-19 is still at the forefront of many minds, given the emergence of the Omicron variant. This year, there are some new requirements to keep crowds safe. Proof of vaccination, a valid ID and a mask are required for admission at any indoor venue. 

“There are ways to both stay safe and have fun,” said Medical Director for the City of Pittsburgh Dr. Ronald Roth. “Even if you are fully vaccinated, wear a proper mask when inside or outside if you will be within close proximity of others from outside your own household.” 

Further, a proper fitting, three-layer surgical-type mask is a better choice than a cloth mask. As always, proper social distancing is suggested where possible. 

First Night is a long-standing family-friendly tradition and members of the Pittsburgh Police and Public Safety will be on-hand to help ensure residents and visitors are able to celebrate in a safe environment. 

“As always, we encourage people to celebrate responsibly,” said PBP Police Chief Scott Schubert. “Public Safety officials will be highly visible and we encourage participants to engage with our personnel if they are in need of assistance or directions. Safety is everyone’s responsibility, so if you see something, say something!” 

As a reminder, Police urge people to never drink and drive. Use public transportation or Uber, Lyft and designated drivers. Police will actively be looking for impaired drivers throughout the night. 

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Amanda Mueller
Deputy Public Information Officer
Public Safety