City law enforcement and emergency services prepare for New Year’s Eve celebrations

The recent announcement that there will no longer be a curfew restriction at midnight on New Years Day has seen many Capetonians come together to plan their celebrations, which will lead to an increase in the number of visitors to public spaces. and places of celebration.

Cape Town Police and Emergency Services are preparing for these celebrations and will focus on public spaces such as beaches, city swimming pools and other public amenities.

The City urges residents to celebrate responsibly, with due regard for their own safety and that of those around them.

“As part of our holiday season rollout, our staff are working long hours and I would like to thank every department, both within the City, but also our external partners like Metro EMS, NSRI and our Neighborhoods. Watches that help make this time safe for everyone.

“To the public, may you have a great New Year. May all your dreams come true, and please work with us. If a staff member asks you to do something, it’s because they have your best interests at heart. Work with them and make this time fun and enjoyable for everyone, ”said City Councilor JP Smith, member of the City Safety and Security Committee.

The City reminds the public that:

  • They must comply with current disaster management regulations
  • That the discharge of fireworks is not permitted without a permit, and that the City no longer provides designated areas for fireworks
  • This alcohol is prohibited on city beaches or any other public space.

“While the weather forecast for New Year’s Day is not ideal, we still expect an influx of people to our beaches and pools. Please note that our pools have a reduced capacity due to Covid-19 protocols, and if you choose to go to the beach, please visit one of the many areas where lifeguards are stationed. Swim between the flags only and listen to the instructions of our lifeguards. They are there for your protection.

“Our Identikidz staff will also be on duty and I urge parents to use the service. I would also like to thank the families who participated in the project. We have already reunited almost 150 children who have been separated from their families, so the value and peace of mind the project offers cannot be underestimated, ”said Councilor Patricia Van der Ross, committee member of the city mayor for community services and health.

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