YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (WDTN) – Yellow Springs announced on Monday, Dec. 27 that the annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop has been canceled.

In a Facebook post on Monday, the Village of Yellow Springs said the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop would be canceled due to COVID-19 and the record high of cases set on Dec. 26. The decision to cancel was carefully considered by Village Management, Village Council and Miami Township Fire and Rescue.

“I was here back in the earlier part of the 21st century, and at that time, it was a big deal on New Year’s Eve to drop the ball. The original concept was to do a rendition of what they do in New York City,” said Jerry Holt, who lives in Yellow Springs. “There are so many unique and wonderful things about Yellow Springs, and that’s just one.”

The Village of Yellow Springs urged people to follow safety protocols that are in place. Some people said they were opting to spend more time with family.

“We got Kwanzaa going tonight, and the last day of Kwanzaa is a special day for New Years Day too,” said Brother G, who also lives in Yellow Springs.