Fauci made it clear this variant could spread through those parties infecting people. He stated that small gatherings with vaccinated family members or close friends would be safe, but larger, mixed gatherings with people you may not know could pose a risk.
“I have been telling people consistently that if you’re vaccinated and boosted and you have a family setting, in the home with family and relatives,” it’s OK to gather, Fauci explained. “But when you’re talking about a New Year’s Eve party, we have 30, 40, 50 people celebrating, you do not know the status of their vaccination, I would recommend strongly stay away from that this year.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci says he recommends that people "stay away" from large New Year’s Eve gatherings where they don’t know the vaccination status of guests.— New Day (@NewDay) December 27, 2021
"There will be other years to do that, but not this year," he says.https://t.co/X6u5qGcrbn pic.twitter.com/5eaEpVfWhd
Fauci also acknowledged that the omicron variant appears to cause much less severe symptoms basically mimicking those of the cold. He made his apparent fear of the healthcare system being overrun with the sniffles when he said; “It looks like the degree of severity of the disease is considerably less than they experienced with Delta,” but more people going to the hospital/doctors could put a “strain” on the healthcare system.
So family, friends, gatherings, fun and more according to Fauci are out for another year. Unless you have been vaxed but even then its a small gatherings with all vaxed people and wearing masks.