The Leisure and Cultural Services Department today (September 29) appealed to people to keep places clean and tidy while enjoying the National Day Fireworks Display on Wednesday (October 1).
People should take away their belongings and not leave behind any rubbish.
A department spokesman reminded the public that litterers were liable to a fixed penalty of $1,500.
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department and law enforcement teams of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and the Police, will step up patrols in venues including the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Avenue of Stars, UC Centenary Garden and West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade where large crowds are expected. Enforcement action will be taken against littering, illegal hawking and vandalism of public property.
Arrangements will be made to display banners and broadcast on-site announcements to remind the public of paying heed to safety and keeping places clean.
Additional departmental staff, security guards and cleaning staff will also be deployed to the venues.
As part of the community support, youth volunteers will help spread the message of keeping the venues clean at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. They will also assist in the clean-up operation there immediately after the fireworks.
Due to the recent damage by Typhoon Hagupit, part of the seafront area at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade (Tsim Sha Tsui East section) had been closed, the spokesman said. He reminded the pubic that because of the narrowing of the Promenade in that section, Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront areas would be more crowded. They should follow the instruction given by the venue staff or the police and take special care of their safety.
To facilitate the fireworks display, some department venues will be temporarily closed on that day. The elevated walkway of the Hong Kong City Hall will be closed from 6pm on October 1. While the Low Block will open to public as usual, the High Block will be partially closed from 6pm and open only to hirers and participants at the High Block Recital Hall and Exhibition Gallery.
Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront Podium Garden, Middle Road Children's Playground and Signal Hill Garden will be closed from 2pm on that day.
Ends/Monday, September 29, 2008