.NYE2020: Go With The Flow

A guide to a good NYE at the end of a bad year

Intro | Family Fun | Date Night | Zoom Together | Gotta Go | Early Bird | Party of One

THE STARS ALIGN: Some of the biggest names in nerdom are slated to converge on the San Jose Convention Center this weekend.

If this were a normal New Year’s Eve, you’d probably be at a house party with 30 of your closest friends on Dec. 31. Instead we’re all trying to be responsible during a global pandemic—even if our local politicians aren’t.

This strange and quiet New Year’s Eve is about one thing and one thing only: celebrating in whatever Covid-safe way that can leave 2020 with at least one, sparkly, happy memory. And here at Metro, we’re determined to help you do that.

It’s not an easy task, as the entire Bay Area remains shut down with the most restrictive tier of health safety rules. They are keeping restaurants and bars shuttered, relegating them to delivery and takeout only, and almost every kind of gathering is currently outlawed.

But in the spirit of creativity and righteous indignation at the prospect that this pandemic would wave one final middle finger by stealing the celebration at the end of the year it ruined, we’ve woven together six itineraries for the night—based on whatever adventure you’re up for—full of recommendations for local restaurants, retailers and entertainment.

Whether NYE will be spent hanging out with family, roommates or a partner at home; getting out of the house; calling it an early night; or creating a one-person party, there’s something in this guide for everyone. Follow the flow chart to see what kind of night you should have and follow it to a T, or read all the options and mix-and-match to make your own New Year’s Eve plan.

Now, get ready to send this year packing!

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