The ‘Big Lick Downtown Countdown’ kicks off with COVID safety precautions

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The “Big Lick Downtown Countdown” was canceled last year due to the pandemic. However, this year, organizers of this major downtown Roanoke celebration say they are back and better than ever.

Owner and creative director of Big Lick Entertainment, J.D. Sutphin, says with the current uptick in COVID-19 cases, organizers are limiting the number of tickets being sold for the event.

Anyone who purchased rooftop VIP tickets must wear a mask inside, where there will be live music, food, and more.

The people who purchased general admission to the outside event will have to socially distance themselves from one another, but masks are not required.

Band performing at the Big Lick Downtown Countdown

Sutphin says the important thing is to ring in the new year in a safe way.

“The number one thing is having that positive mindset to know that you are here for a family-friendly event. Don’t drink and drive. Think about all of the hotels and Ubers that are in the area. Just do it the right way,” said Sutphin.

Many people say they are ready to get rid of 2021.

“Well, we came up from Charlottesville. We both go to UVA. And so, we are spending the night getting out on the town. I’m from Ohio, so I’ve never been to Roanoke,” said Patrick Burns, a Big Lick Downtown Countdown attendee.

Other people say they are excited the Big Lick Downtown Countdown is back so they can finally share a New Year’s kiss in a public place.

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