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Public urged to keep venues clean during fireworks display
     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) today (January 26) appealed to members of the public to keep places clean and mind their safety while watching the Lunar New Year Fireworks Display on January 29 (the second day of the Lunar New Year).

     The LCSD, together with the law enforcement teams of other relevant departments, will strengthen patrols at LCSD venues where large crowds are expected. Measures will be stepped up to tackle littering, illegal hawking and vandalism.

     These venues include the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, the Urban Council Centenary Garden, the Middle Road Children's Playground, the Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront Podium Garden, the Hung Hom Promenade and the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Park along the Kowloon waterfront, as well as Tamar Park and the Central and Western District Promenade (Central Section) on the waterfront of Hong Kong Island.

     A spokesman for the LCSD urged members of the public to take away their belongings when leaving the venues and not to leave trash behind.

     He said that littering offenders will be subject to a fixed penalty of $1,500. Publicity materials reminding members of the public to keep places clean will be displayed at the venues while additional cleaning staff and security guards will also be deployed.

     The spokesman also reminded people that the above-mentioned venues will be very crowded during the fireworks display. Visitors are advised to exercise tolerance and patience and take special care of their safety, adding that they should pay attention to crowd management measures and take heed of police instructions.
Ends/Thursday, January 26, 2017
Issued at HKT 16:00
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