Preparation for countdown at Marina Bay: What should you take note of?

Preparation for countdown at Marina Bay: What should you take note of?

TheRedDotNews·2017-12-27 17:11

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It's almost the end of 2017. Are you looking forward to the countdown?

As always, it is going to be really crowded, with everyone out to celebrate. This year, as usual, the biggest countdown event will be at Marina Bay.

To facilitate the countdown, certain roads and lanes would be closed. Do take note so that you would not be caught unaware!

Road and lane closure

Do note that the footways along the Esplanade Bridge and Bayfront Avenue along the Helix Bridge would only be used for transit. You would not be allowed to congregate there. The footway along Benjamin Sheares Bridge will also be closed to pedestrians from 5pm on Dec 31 to 2am the next day.

Police's safety measures

The police will also be deploying crowd control measures. Officers from the Special Operations Command, Protective Security Command, Public Transport Security Command and Emergency Response Teams will also be on standby to ensure the public's safety.

Do also note that, on the day itself, bags and personal items might be subjected to checks. This is to ensure the safety of everyone.

The police will also be regulating the crowd at The Promontory, One Fullerton or Merlion Park, Esplanade Park, Esplanade Waterfront Promenade, Marina Bay Sands Promenade and other areas within Marina Bay. If there are too many people, the crowd might be diverted to other areas.

The public is advised to heed the advice of police officers and traffic marshals on duty that day.

What should you do if in trouble?

The police advised the public to remain vigilant against crime and and adopt the following crime prevention measures:

- Look after your belongings at all times;

- Be cautious of strangers when approached;

- Stay close to your friends or move around in groups;

- Avoid contact with unruly crowds; and

- Approach any police officer deployed or dial 999 for urgent assistance.

If you spot any suspicious people and activities, you should report them to the Internal Security Department at 1800-2626-473 or to the police (999 or SMS to 71999).

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