There will be a Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York for the 2020 festive season – but probably not the traditional crowds at the switch-on event.

Tishman Speyer, the real estate firm that owns the Manhattan landmark, has confirmed that the world famous annual tree will be erected and illuminated this year, even if changes need to be made in the name of public safety in light of the coronavirus pandemic. New York was particularly badly hit by Covid-19.

“Of course the Christmas tree will go up this year and we will do a terrific and phenomenal tree,” the property’s managing director, EB Kelly told the New York Post. “We may need to reimagine what the tree lighting itself looks like.”