Road closures, tight security at Marina Bay's 2019 countdown

The Marina Bay Floating Platform last year. This year, the number of people entering The Promontory, One Fullerton/Merlion Park, Esplanade Park, Esplanade Waterfront Promenade, Marina Bay Sands Promenade and other areas will be regulated.
The Marina Bay Floating Platform last year. This year, the number of people entering The Promontory, One Fullerton/Merlion Park, Esplanade Park, Esplanade Waterfront Promenade, Marina Bay Sands Promenade and other areas will be regulated.ST FILE PHOTO

Public told to be vigilant against crimes, alert the authorities of suspicious people, activities

Road closures and enhanced security measures will be in place to ensure the safety and security of the public during the 14th edition of the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2019.

Police officers, auxiliary police officers and security officers will be deployed to manage crowds at the annual party on Dec 31.

Additionally, officers from the Special Operations Command, Protective Security Command, Public Transport Security Command and Emergency Response Teams will be deployed.

Security personnel may conduct checks on bags and personal items, the police said on Thursday.

Members of the public are advised to be vigilant against molesters.

The public are also reminded not to engage in activities that may compromise the safety of others, such as the flying of any unmanned aircraft, including drones, in the vicinity of the New Year countdown events.

Police officers and auxiliary police officers will regulate the number of people entering The Promontory, One Fullerton/Merlion Park, Esplanade Park, Esplanade Waterfront Promenade, Marina Bay Sands Promenade and other areas within the vicinity of Marina Bay.

 

Certain exits of MRT stations around the Marina Bay area may be closed in the event of overcrowding, the police said.

The public is advised to follow the instructions of the marshals and police officers on duty.

In addition, pedestrians will not be allowed to congregate on the footways on Esplanade Bridge and Bayfront Avenue along Helix Bridge. The footway on Benjamin Sheares Bridge will be closed to pedestrians from 5pm on Dec 31 to 2am on Jan 1.

Twenty-seven roads and lanes are affected by the countdown event.

The affected roads include St Andrew's Road, Fullerton Road and Connaught Drive, which will be closed between 4pm on Dec 31 and 5am Jan 1.

Heavy traffic and delays are expected after the event ends, and dispersal is likely to be slow due to large crowds, the police said.

Crowd control barricades and directional signs will be put up to facilitate safe and orderly dispersal.

Anyone with information on suspicious people or activities can contact the Internal Security Department on 1800-2626-473 or the police (999 or SMS 71999).

Information can also be provided to the authorities via the SGSecure mobile app.

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

•Look after your belongings at all times;

•Be cautious when approached by strangers;

•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.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 22, 2018, with the headline 'Road closures, tight security at Marina Bay's 2019 countdown'. Print Edition | Subscribe