Police expect 300,000 to celebrate New Years on the Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Las Vegas police are bracing for pre-pandemic crowds on the Las Vegas Strip on New Years Eve despite the omicron variant causing an increase in the number of cases. It is estimated that there will be 300,000 people on the Strip to ring the New Year.

This year the fireworks will return to the Las Vegas Strip and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department plans to have 1,200 officers strategically placed along Las Vegas Boulevard and another 200 in the downtown area. Additionally, the Nevada National Guard will have over 100 troops on duty to assist with crowd control.

There will also be a lot of first responders.

“New Years Eve is usually one of the busiest nights for first responders. We will have a strong presence on the Strip, ”Clark County Deputy Fire Chief Warren Whitney said.

“It’s about safety and each of us is doing our part to make sure we are the eyes and ears of our first responders,” said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

Anyone who sees something suspicious is told to call 911 or notify a police officer.

Temperatures will drop that night. He encourages all Strip visitors to wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes. In addition, no glass or metal container, cooler, stroller and any bag larger than 12x12x6 inches are prohibited on the Strip and downtown. This includes backpacks, purses and luggage.

Road closures along Las Vegas Boulevard will begin at 6 p.m. on New Years Eve and at 8 p.m. the Strip will be completely closed to motor traffic from Spring Mountain Road to Mandalay Bay Road. There will also be a curfew in effect that will ban anyone under the age of 18 without a parent on Las Vegas Boulevard and downtown.

With the pandemic not over, local leaders are urging everyone to take precautions.

“We want you to be happy and healthy and come celebrate in this amazing city and this amazing community. There is nothing else like it in the world, ”said Deputy Sheriff Christopher Darcy, LVMPD.

“We encourage everyone to look out for each other. Take personal responsibility and proactively take action that helps limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone safe, ”Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft said.

This includes vaccinations, reminders, wearing an indoor mask, and staying home if you feel sick.

After a recent spate of fatal accidents with DUIs, local authorities are asking people to be responsible if they consider drinking alcohol.

“I am once again begging our community to make a transportation plan before you start your party. Do not drive if you are impaired. It’s that simple, ”Naft said.

There are many transportation options, including a free bus service on RTC until 9 a.m. on New Years Day. In addition, the monorail charges $ 1 each way for locals with ID and ridesharing companies such as LYFT offer reduced rates.

Police wish to remind visitors that while retailers can legally sell marijuana in Nevada, it cannot be consumed or smoked in a public space.

Clark County crews will begin unloading 4,000 metal crowd control barricades early Friday morning in preparation for the street party.

When the party is over, 22 sweepers will pick up around 10 to 12 tons of trash before the roads and Las Vegas Boulevard are reopened to traffic.

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