Maitland City Council will decide the plan for the city's New Year's Eve celebrations next week.
According to a press release from council, the coronavirus restrictions have significantly impacted the delivery and planning of council's flagship events.
"With New Year's Eve just ten weeks away and current health restrictions still limiting the ability for mass gatherings, a decision will need to be made by Council on whether to progress with celebrations on New Year's Eve," the release read.
Maitland's popular New Year's Eve celebrations typically attract crowds more than 10,000 people to the city, with the 9pm fireworks display being the main drawcard for the event.
At next week's Council meeting, a report will be presented to the councillors outlining the various options explored by council staff for holding some form of celebration on New Year's Eve.
It also recommends an alternate approach to allow the community to celebrate the new year over January and the creation of a future event that could incorporate a fireworks display sometime in 2021 when public health restrictions permit.
To provide the opportunity for social connection and celebration, staff are recommending proceeding with a Make it Maitland Summer program.
The program would include a range of small to medium activations that would be spread across the city throughout the summer for the community to enjoy.
Staff are also recommending an additional event be held in 2021, similar in scale to the previous Winter Solstice event, which may include a fireworks display. The theme and timing of such an event would depend on when public health orders permit.
A decision on how to proceed will be made on Tuesday night.