With the entire country living under some measure of health restrictions, New Year’s Eve celebrations will be very different this year – or will they?
With the list of PINS (Penalty Infringement Notices) growing daily, it would appear that many people don’t wish to adhere to the new normal.
The NSW Police Force is hoping that the majority of the public will take heed and they are encouraging the community to enjoy New Year’s Eve celebrations from home this year.
Operation New Year’s Eve 2020
A high-visibility and mobile police operation for the period has been outlined today.
Operation New Year’s Eve 2020 will be in place on Thursday (31 December 2020), to ensure the safety of revellers at events or gatherings across NSW.
General duties officers from Police Area Commands and Police Districts across the state will be assisted by specialist units including Public Order and Riot Squad, Police Transport Command, Operations Support Group, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Licensing Police, the Dog and Mounted Unit, Marine Area Command and PolAir, throughout the operation.
Operation New Year’s Eve 2020 Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing, said police will be focused on public safety, which includes enforcing Public Health Orders, as well as alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour.
Celebrations will look very different this year
‘New Year’s Eve celebrations will look very different this year, so too will the police response; and we are urging the community to heed the advice and celebrate locally,’ said Assistant Commissioner Willing.
‘There will still be significant numbers of officers deployed for Operation New Year’s Eve, who will be focused on keeping everyone safe, whether celebrating at an event in the CBD, suburban Sydney or Regional NSW.
Police have been working closely with the NSW Government, landowners and other stakeholders in the lead up to New Year’s Eve to ensure a COVID-safe evening for everyone.
‘Despite the circumstances, we believe everyone can still have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve, but to achieve this, you need to plan your night in advance,’ said Assistant Commissioner Willing.
With large numbers of people expected to celebrate in their local areas, Assistant Commissioner Willing re-affirmed that police will be available where they are needed.
‘The community should be reassured that police have a significant, robust and flexible operation in place to ensure the safety of revellers throughout the night,’ said Assistant Commissioner Willing.