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Keep places clean while celebrating New Year's Eve, urges LCSD

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) today (December 29) appealed to people to keep places clean and mind their own safety while celebrating New Year's Eve.

In conjunction with other government departments, the LCSD will implement measures on New Year's Eve to maintain cleanliness and safety in LCSD venues, especially in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (HKCC) Piazza, UC Centenary Garden, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Avenue of Stars (AOS), Sha Tin Park, and Sha Tin Town Hall Plaza and Podium, where large crowds, with many participating in the countdown, are expected.

"Together with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and the Police, we will increase patrols at our venues in the Tsim Sha Tsui, Sha Tin Park and Sha Tin Town Hall areas and take action against littering, illegal hawking and vandalism of public property," an LCSD spokesman said.

"People are urged to keep places clean and tidy while celebrating New Year's Eve. Snow spraying or defacing public property is prohibited in all venues. People should take away all their belongings when they leave and not leave trash behind. Those who litter will be liable to a fixed penalty of $1,500."

"Along the seafront sides of the AOS and 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 seafront areas 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 Piazza, AOS, Sha Tin Park, and Sha Tin Town Hall Plaza and Podium.

Ends/Saturday, December 29, 2007
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