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Keep places clean, tidy during festivities: LCSD urges

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) today (December 20) appealed to people to keep places clean and tidy while celebrating Christmas and the New Year.

During the festivities, the LCSD, together with other government departments, will implement a series of measures to maintain the cleanliness and safety in LCSD venues including the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (HKCC), Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Avenue of Stars (AOS) and UC Centenary Garden where large crowds are expected.

“Together with law enforcement teams of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and the Police, we will strengthen patrols in the Tsim Sha Tsui area and take action against littering, illegal hawking and vandalism of public property,” an LCSD spokesman said.

Certain areas of the HKCC Piazza and its adjacent marine deck are currently closed for works as part of the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade Beautification Project and people are urged not to congregate in the surrounding areas during the festive season.

“Along both sides of the AOS and the seafront side of Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, barriers will be placed to create one-metre-wide buffer zones to prevent anyone from accidentally falling into the harbour,”the spokesman said.

“People staying in crowded areas should remain calm and mind their own safety. To help pedestrian flow, all removable items in the area will be taken away,” he said.

Anti-littering and crowd management messages in Cantonese, Putonghua and English will be broadcast regularly through public announcement systems at the HKCC and AOS.

To keep LCSD venues clean, more refuse bins will be supplied. Additional workers will also be deployed in the Tsim Sha Tsui area to clear rubbish swiftly and perform overnight cleaning duties.

Ends/Tuesday, December 20, 2005

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